At tonight’s Momentum for Change Awards hosted in the COP21 press conference room, Conservation International Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan presented a new short film series which attempts to bring the natural world to life. Several A-List actors lent their voices to various natural phenomena, including Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penelope Cruz, Robert Redford, Ian Somerhalder, and Lupita Nyong’o. A particularly powerful personification of Mother Nature herself was voiced by Julia Roberts. Watch it here.
Both of these films are powerful and remind us that we need nature to survive, but it does not need us. Conservation International is encouraging all of us to share why we need nature with #INeedNature to start a movement which recognizes the importance of our planet in the fight to end climate change and protect our natural resources and biodiversity.
You can watch the rest of the videos in the series at natureisspeaking.org.
The 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris represents years of work in the political and commercial sectors, and it is usually in this light that one reads about any of this. But despite the media circus surrounding the drama in the opening remarks a week ago and the debate over 1.5 degrees or 2.0 degrees Celsius as a goal, there has been a significant amount of effort put in by the international community also to present this historic occasion through the arts.
Throughout the city of Paris (and, indeed, throughout the world in over 54 countries!) art installations, performances, and interactive pieces have come to life, representing the work of dozens upon dozens of artists and environmental organizations seeking to inspire their communities to take a greater part in advocating for the planet.
Despite what you may think, we’re not discussing climate change over lunch with Obama while Narendra Modi cracks jokes about CO2 levels. In fact, the majority of the 40,000 people that have flocked to Paris for the COP will never even witness the negotiations between world leaders. Though this is obviously a crucial part of these next two weeks, the COP has much more to offer. Some may even argue that the most important work is being done outside the formal negotiation rooms. Read on for a day in the life of a student delegation.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “sustainable” is defined as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” Thus, “sustainability” is commonly linked with the idea of leaving a better planet for future generations. However, in reality, defining “sustainability” is like nailing Jell-O to a wall- impossible and pretty pointless.