2019 has marked a turning point in citizens’ engagement with the climate crisis. Young and old have been rising up in powerful, coordinated movements across the world to demand immediate climate action. So what happens next?
From 2-13 December global leaders meet at the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid. There they will have to commit - more urgently than ever - to radical environmental targets. 7.7 billion people will be awaiting decisive action; the whole world will be watching.
WE ARE WATCHING is a flag the size of a 10-storey building. On it is a monumental eye, made up of thousands of portraits contributed from 190 countries - almost every nation in the world. Starting with December’s COP25 in Madrid, the flag will be raised directly over key global climate events to hold world leaders accountable as they decide the future of our planet. The message couldn’t be clearer: from here on in, the eyes of the world are upon you.
The flag's first tour of duty is the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference, Madrid. After this the installation will follow major climate events around the globe, keeping the eyes of the world firmly on key decision-makers.
Creator Dan Acher is an artivist, Ashoka Fellow and the founder of Happy City Lab. At the center of his work is art as generator of social change across local and global communities. Dan uses cities as playgrounds to create a sense of belonging; his large-scale installations create spaces where strangers come together and connect beyond their differences. Dan is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is also the creator of BOREALIS, The Northern Lights on Demand.