“Our planet needs everyone to work together, including the public, policymakers, academia, business, community, civil society and NGOs and museums.”
Selva Ozelli has been busy curating art shows and interviewing education and campaign initiatives to support London Climate Action Week and its aims to be a catalyst towards a net zero, equitable and resilient future.
“We recognize that climate change and the health of the natural environment are intrinsically linked and will ensure that the actions we take maximize the opportunities to solve these crises in parallel.”
Selva Ozelli is an environmentalist working as an artist, writer, international tax attorney and public accountant, who has curated a climate change art shows with various organisations.
The London Climate Action Week aims to be a catalyst to “harnessing the power of London for global climate action” towards a net zero, equitable and resilient future.
This year, the first part of the London Climate Action Week runs from 26th June – 4th July, for which I have prepared, curated new art shows and collaborated with science museums and an international NGO on three themes:
Theme 1: Green, fair and resilient recovery
Around the world leaders have committed to a fair, equitable and green Covid-19 recovery from the pandemic. On this theme, I prepared three new art shows which are on exhibit at LCAW as well as at the world’s first climate change museum, CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change: Art in the Time of Corona 3, 4, & 5 – Recovery Roses.
Theme 2: Road to COP26
According to a recent report by the UK’s Climate Change Committee — an independent group of experts — global warming will hit the UK harder than first thought. And at a recent meeting in England ahead of LCAW, the G7’s climate and environment ministers responsible indicated that “As we continue to address the ongoing pandemic, we acknowledge with grave concern that the unprecedented and interdependent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss pose an existential threat to nature, people, prosperity and security. We recognize that some of the key drivers of global biodiversity loss and climate change are the same as those that increase the risk of zoonoses, which can lead to pandemics. We highlight that urgent and concrete action is needed to move towards global sustainability, further mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as halt and reverse biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. We recognize that climate change and the health of the natural environment are intrinsically linked and will ensure that the actions we take maximize the opportunities to solve these crises in parallel.”
These views are also reflected in a recent joint report by UN agencies on climate change and biodiversity, which indicates the challenges of biodiversity decline, climate change and human well-being are closely connected and need to be jointly addressed. Desertification and destruction of forests and other ecosystems undermine nature’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and protect against extreme weather impacts — accelerating climate change, increasing the risk of zoonoses and increasing our vulnerability.
On these themes, for artists Semine Hazar, Fatma Kadir and Ilhan Sayin, I curated their #Maskuary Campaign art shows on exhibit at LCAW as well as at CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change.
Theme 3: Whole of society climate action
Our planet needs everyone to work together, including the public, policymakers, academia, business, community, civil society and NGOs and museums. Ahead of LCAW, I interviewed Cassia Patel and Patrick Hamilton on their climate change education initiatives. Cassia Patel, Program Director at Oceanic Global, talked about their initiatives to shed light on humanity’s essential relationship to the world’s largest carbon sink, the ocean. Oceanic Global published paintings from Semine Hazar and my #Maskuary Campaign Art shows on World Oceans Day.
Patrick Hamilton, Director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota, talked about the Museum’s commitment to being a resource on climate change and a hub for climate action via their Learn from Home portal.
London Climate Action Week 2021 is from 26th June to 4th July, with a series of online events, including Selva’s art shows.
Selva’s Art in the Time of Corona 3, 4, & 5 – Recovery Roses art shows on green, fair and resilient recovery and the #Maskuary Campaign art shows, all on exhibit at LCAW as well as at CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. You can read Selva’s interview with Cecilia Lam, the Museum’s Director, in her previous Creative Showcase feature, which is archived here.
The UK’s Climate Change Committee is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008 to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Its latest report is the third UK Climate Risk Independent Assessment (CCRA3).