Cornwall activists at COP26 plan to provoke scenes

Cornwall activists are expected to cause a storm at the COP26 conference to be held in Glasgow from this weekend.

Twelve groups, including over 200 participants from across Cornwall, have come together to create artistic statements and performances that aim to highlight areas where environmental change is needed.

The collection of projects, named Shout LOUDER, is the final part of the G7 Kernow cultural program after Cornwall hosted the International Summit of World Leaders in early summer.

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Rose Barnecut, director of FEAST, which is part of Creative Kernow, said that following the G7 summit “huge environmental questions have remained unanswered and unanswered in the eyes of many”.

She said: “Given the lack of delivery and change after the G7, all of our artists are urging everyone at COP26 not to make the same mistake of lack of commitment to real, meaningful and real action and change. real. “

Projects include an installation of dying sea-people entangled in rubbish and fishing nets, an anthology of poems titled 26 Voices and a set of podcasts recording conversations between citizens of Cornwall and Scotland whose lives have been put on the line. in danger as a result of the environmental emergency. .

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Cornwall elementary schools were also involved. A group of local primary schools made a sculpture to protest against plastic pollution.

High school students from Mounts Bay School in Penzance will perform a dance piece to explore the idea that political decisions now have an impact on future generations. Artists will travel to Scotland by sustainable means.

Trythall Community Primary School is creating both a podcast series and a short film, titled The Future of Bees, where elementary students explore the vulnerability of the natural world.

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Rob Higgs and Sophie Miller, artists behind an installation protesting against seabed trawling, and co-founders of Penryn-based Ocean Rebellion, said: “These projects are crucial in sending simpler messages. that help get into people’s hearts and minds. Even though our messages are hard-hitting and impactful, we like to use humor and play to get them across.

“We are currently doing theatrical performances on Boris’ bromance with big business and the oil industry. We want to show how essential changing this relationship is in creating the political will to change. “

Rose said: “Shout LOUDER is a project providing a second chance for Cornwall’s voice to be heard. From an open call, we commissioned 12 creative projects, which involved over 200 participants, from across Cornwall and of all ages, ethnicities and abilities.

“These projects all send clear and strong messages about the urgency of the need for change, in fact not by shouting but by being creative, emotional and thoughtful.

“Individually the projects are powerful, but we bring them together in one voice to turn up the volume and shine the spotlight on world leaders, who, if the G7 is anything to do, don’t really understand ‘the same. way that people of all ages in Cornwall most certainly are. “

An installation for the COP26 of living dead to protest against bottom trawling
An installation for the COP26 of living dead to protest against bottom trawling

Councilor Martyn Alvey, Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Holder at Cornwall Council, said: ‘It will be amazing to see these striking works created by our Cornish artists and schoolchildren demonstrating the need to tackle climate emergencies and environment presented to world leaders. at COP26.

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