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Art and Climate Change

Artists and scientists together to explore climate change Conference - Brussels, Belgium

In the aftermath of climate change talks in Copenhagen, on 25 and 26 January the European Economic and Social Committee and partners brought together the worlds of science, the arts and policy to find creative solutions to one of the most urgent issues the world faces today.

The Brussels Art and Climate Change two-day event was organised in partnership with the British Council, EUNIC, Kaaitheater, and TippingPoint and it took place just a few days before the deadline for all international parties to deliver their individual CO2 emissions targets in order to reach a global deal in Mexico later this year.

After the disappointment of the meagre results in Copenhagen, there was a common feeling that new hope and inspiration needed to enter the climate debate. The bringing together of highly influential scientists and renowned artists created a unique opportunity for meetings across disciplines. New common grounds and creative means of communicating were successfully explored.

A number of new networks, project ideas and budding creative experiments started off in these two days. Creativity can however not be rushed, so what the results will be is still open!

Among the 130 participants were: Prof. John Schellnhuber, former adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Chair of the European Cultural Foundation, David Cerný, controversial Czech artist, Nic Balthazar, director and winner of Grand Prix award at the Montréal World Film Festival and Susannah York, British actress. But just as importantly, a number of "up-and-coming" young artists from all over Europe, as well as researchers and policy makers dedicated to sustainable development participated.