COP27 Brought Forward Key Lessons for the Art World. Here’s How It Can Step Up and Get Involved, Isla Angus, δημοσίευση Artnet News [28/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Isla Angus is head of Arts, Music & Culture Partnerships for ClientEarth, an environmental law charity, with offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Berlin, Beijing, Madrid and Los Angeles. They are supported by a network of people in the creative industries including White Cube, Thomas Dane Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and Frieze. Angus is also a trustee of the Gallery Climate Coalition.
The climate change conference COP27 has drawn to a close. World leaders, campaigners, NGOs, and fossil fuel lobbyists have finally made their way out of Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh after two weeks of intensive talks, leaving us with two opposing protagonists: progress and delay.
Progress was made when “loss and damage” funding was finally agreed for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. Progress was cheered on by the sheer drive and energy of youth activists, Indigenous Peoples, NGOs, Small Island Developing States, and other countries who are pushing for urgent action.
Delay came in the form of fossil fuel lobbies, corporate bodies, and countries that all resisted change to make short term gains. Fossil fuels are the largest contributor to climate change. Simply put, if we continue to burn fossil fuels we will not be able to limit rising temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. COP27 failed to deliver the end of fossil fuels.