It’s Earth Hour tonight. What began as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney over 11 years ago, Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature.
As a child of immigrants, I feel that Earth Hour is every day. We are always conserving energy and turning the lights off, even if we are in the room. But I remember the first time me and my roommates turned off our lights for Earth Hour. We still watched TV but just in the dark. Meanwhile, one of my colleagues at the time didn’t use any electricity and talked to his mother on the phone for the hour. Whatever capacity people celebrate Earth Hour I hope they realize that by joining the movement and combating climate change, one person can make a difference in this world.
Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris ahead of the United Nations summit beginning on November 30th. Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.
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The students of Ryerson School of Interior Design examine climate change at this year’s 2014 Toronto Interior Design Show. The interior of the booth showcases quotes to provoke a dialogue about climate change, while the felt represents the friction we have about the subject matter. Design = Change @ IDS14.