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climate capsule delivers people’s messages to copenhagen

A multimedia Climate Capsule conveyed the voices of hundreds of people around the world to negotiators at the COP-15 climate change negotiations in Copenhagen and the people’s parallel Klimaforum09. These messages, collected by Friends of the Earth groups around the world, included graphic accounts of people’s experiences of climate change, and arrived in many different forms, including text, audio files, videos, photos and drawings.

Present actions can save the futureThese were delivered to Copenhagen in the Climate Capsule, an artistic installation created by Friends of the Earth Finland and Friends of the Earth Colombia.


The multi-media Climate Capsule included a floodwall, four sonic pipes with mp3 players and loudspeakers, flood-related textiles for walls and tables, a DVD, four mp3 audiotapes, banners, photos, drawings and pictures. 3,000 stickers with Climate Capsule messages were also distributed, along with flyers, and materials about FoEI’s Flood for Climate Justice Action and Angry Mermaid award. 


Friends of the Earth Finland also brought performance group Melting Ice to the Klimaforum and COP-15, and their performances in the halls and on the streets included messages from the Climate Capsule.


what was learned

The Climate Capsule was a popular installation with visitors to the Klimaforum and generated a great deal of discussion about climate justice. People were surprised by the concept, especially because it didn’t focus too specifically on the negotiations. Visitors who had been present at official negotiations in the Bella Center also tended to be happy to see and listen to the messages, which provided a refreshing break from the tedium of negotiations.


The technical nature of the installation meant that some initial difficulties were experienced, although these were largely overcome. The delivery of messages could also be refined in future, to encourage visitors to stay, look and listen for longer, and to engage with the interactive devices more effectively.

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