From my visit to the Arctic last year I have a very lively memory of the horrifying noise and sight of huge ice blocks cracking and breaking away from the pack. The Arctic is indeed the gatekeeper of climate disorder: for years, this region has been sending us signals that we cannot neglect anymore. The international community must hear them and turn them into acts.
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of COP21
We have an enormous amount of information available to us about the current state of the environment and the forecasts of what we can expect in the future. I think many people can turn their minds off from this subject assuming it will occur so far into the future and they won’t be around to suffer from it. How can we turn people’s attention back to the issue of now and to realise that it is a today problem? Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing (Professor of Geology, the Natural History Musem of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen) had the idea of bringing 12 blocks of ice, cut from free-floating icebergs that had broken off the Greenland Ice Sheet, and place them in front of the Panthéon where they will ‘melt away during the COP21’. Eliasson stated “as an artist I hope my works touch people, which in turn can make something that may have previously seemed quite abstract more a reality”.
How long will they be there for? It is very impressive to see these blocks of ice, how long ago they were formed we don’t know! This sight really made me stop in my tracks. We always try to do our small part in helping the environment, it is not hard to do your bit. It may only be small but if everyone can do their part it can make a difference. If you’re in Paris this weekend, please go past to see, touch and experience this sight and talk to the information people on site before they melt away.
Please visit the very information website www.icewatchparis.com where you will have more information plus footage of the installation and a gallery of photos (you can see a couple of ours!)
The COP21 is in Paris until the 11th of December.