|Calling all Artists! Leave the Oil in the Soil & the Coal in the Hole|
|Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:16|
LINGO is a coalition bringing together campaigns against extraction with zero carbon solutions. One of the chief aims is to get Supply side mitigation onto the UN agenda, and begin the conversation about turning off the taps of fossil fuel extraction. This is currently not even considered in the COP talks. This is where we need YOU to be part of this drive to expose the dangers of extractions, and promote solutions based on respecting the rights of Mother Nature and societies powered by renewable energy systems.
The image above (by Angie Vanessa Cárdenas <http://www.acdesign.tk/> and oilwatch <http://www.oilwatch.org/>) is our call to action, as we ask artists across the world to recreate it in their own cities, towns, villages or homes before, during or after Rio+20 in solidarity with global struggles against fossil fuel extraction and for people centred solutions.
Interpret in your own style, and relevant to your own country and campaign. Each mural will be mapped here (Google Maps link) and hosted on this page http://durbanclimatejustice.wordpress.com/lingo/ so please send your location, artist name and a webready jpeg to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. (a google placemark would be ideal though).
Two murals have already been created in Durban, the location of the last climate summit, and a third, on a banner http://occupycop17.org/2011/11/30/a-day-of-art-occupycop17/, is on its way to Rio de Janeiro by sailboat.
The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development is approaching, in the attempt to find a global solution to environmental problems. But the negotiations are stalled in the key questions and CO2 emissions continue to rise (around 40% since 1992). The proposed responses to the climate crisis (such as offsetting, CDM and carbon markets) are inadequate, unambitious, and in some cases counterproductive. Pledges to reduce emissions are voluntary and focused purely on the demand-side. In the absence of a global cap on emissions - which seems decades away - demand-side mitigation isn't a guaranteed successful strategy.
The reality of mitigation is that to stay within the proposed 1.5°C or 2°C temperature rise, the taps must be turned off, and the better part of known reserves of fossil fuels must remain untouched in the ground. But at the United Nations climate talks, supply-side mitigation is currently not on the agenda. While the UN and governments stall, corporations invest heavily into expanding the fossil frontier into ever more sensitive environments through deep sea drilling and exploitation of shale gas and tar sands, locking us into a path of high emissions and a toxic future.
To build a climate friendly world requires alternative plans to live a good life (known in Latin America as "buen vivir") powered fully by renewable energy. These plans will help us to effectively challenge the need for fossil fuels in our societies.
In December 2011 diverse people and organizations came together in Durban to unify the struggles against the growth of the fossil economy with the solutions for a society that respects the Rights of Mother Earth.
This group demands and proposes to work towards:
We invite all to work together on this.
Please enter your organization's or personal details below, if you would like to be involved:
LINGO - Leaving it in the Ground Coalition - www.durbanclimatejustice.net/lingo