We are seeing massive and powerful movements for climate action around the world. But what happens next?
From 2nd-13th December, representatives from almost 200 countries will meet at the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Santiago de Chile. They will be deciding - more urgently than ever - the future of our planet. 7.7 billion people will be waiting for them to take immediate and radical action. The whole world will be watching.
WE ARE WATCHING by Swiss artivist Dan Acher is a flag the size of a 10-storey building, representing a monumental eye. It’s a mosaic of thousands of portraits from around the globe, which will fly directly over key climate events around the world, starting in Santiago.
The flag's mission is to hold world leaders accountable as they decide the future of our planet. To put faces to the voices rising up for climate justice. Seeing the eyes of the world on them, as they meet day after day at game-changing summits, will firmly remind the leaders of their responsibility to our common future.
The flag's first tour of duty is the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference, Santiago de Chile. After this the installation will follow major climate events around the globe, keeping the eyes of the world firmly on the global stage.
Creator Dan Acher is a Swiss artivist, an Ashoka Fellow and the founder of Happy City Lab. He uses the city as a playground to create a sense of belonging and community. At the center of his work is art as generator of social change across urban communities; his city-wide installations create spaces where strangers come together and connect beyond their differences. He is also the creator of BOREALIS, The Northern Lights on Demand.
Dan is working with local partner Festival Internacional de Innovación Social (fiiS), a powerful platform and series of festivals throughout Latin America which inspire and empower changemakers. Our flag will mirror the Chilean flag of the same size which flies on Plaza de la Ciudadanía, in front of the historic Palacio de la Moneda government building. Both flags will fly at the same height of 61 meters.