Dot Dot Climate Dash

I’m organising an event as part of the international Climate Impacts Day on 5 May. We’ll revive the heritage of Telegraph Hill as the site of an old optical telegraph, where messages of threat from the seas were relayed to Government. Now the threats from the seas are of extreme or odd weather and rising sea levels. In London, we’re already in drought and we’re hearing messages of worse weather elsewhere. The main activity will be making an installation from lots of individual circle/dot artworks, visually expressing concerns about climate impacts.
This is the official event page, and this is the Facebook event page. Also, after the event, you’ll see all the dot artworks individually photographed for people to share with the world on this Flickr group.
Many Greens are focused on the election 2 days before and the Bank Holiday weekend means many will be away. So, although the day is promising good things it could be better. I’m using this blog, quite rarely, as an appeal for contributions.
This is where I’ve got to:
– The event coincides with, and is merging with, a cycle-powered film screening of ‘Up’ in the evening. After dark, there will be lit up houses created by children.
– The 350 organisation is offering lots of advice and help
– New Cross People’s Library and artist Jessica Easter are kindly running an open workshop for people to do creative research in the library and make dot artworks. Also, they’ll get local schools making dots.
– The Young Mayor and youth participation team of Lewisham council are keen to come
– In the Hill Station cafe from 6-7.30 pm for an indoor debate. Jody Boehnert of Eco-labs, has offered to lend big canvas posters which depict the impacts at 1 to 6 degrees of warming. This will be good provocations for a debate.
– There will be dot to dot drawings and a badgemaking stall.
So, what else do we need?
– We’d love you to come along, dressed in dots, with dotty things, to picnic from 1pm and make a dot artwork
– Please put the poster up (ask me for a JPEG)
– We’d welcome stalls or information panels from different organisations, e.g. about wildlife and climate, or coping with drought, or impacts on other countries, or rising sea levels
– We’d welcome more artistic contributions, e.g. about rising water levels or semaphore
– We’d welcome more heritage contributions e.g. about the optical telegraph station
– Some people willing to do short provocations at the debate
– Some people who will take audio, video or still images to document and spread the word, and bloggers too
– we need a black light (ultraviolet) to illuminate the dot installation
If you have any ideas, please get in touch on bridgetmcknz@gmail.com
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