VOICES FOR THE FUTURE celebrates opening of UN Climate Action Summit

“Voices for the Future – was a compelling visual prelude to the Climate Action Summit that combined a visual depiction of climate change, a collapsing iceberg, with the voices of six young people expressing their expectations and demands for a future in which leaders rise to the challenge through climate action. Art is a great medium that crosses the boundaries of language and culture as did Voices for the Future.”      – Luis Alfonso de Alba, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit. 

With the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit starting today, world leaders and representatives from government, business, and civil society are set to announce potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change.

VOICES FOR THE FUTURE – an immersive art installation by New Zealand-based artist Joseph Michael, produced in collaboration with environmental charity Project Pressure lit up the United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings in New York leading up the UN’s Climate Action Summit and coincided with the global school strikes on Friday the 20th of September.

The installation of large-scale projections covering the outside of the UN with images of a massive iceberg, set the scene for the voices of six young advocates, authored by Klaus Thymann, including Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, commenting on the nature of the climate crisis and urgent actions that can, and must, be taken to minimize the consequences of climate change.