Stand up and be counted. March and be active. It's your right, don't lose it!
This photo was taken in West Philadelphia, though the situation that this soft toy memorial symbolises could be transferred to any urban city. I don't know who Tommy was, how he died, what the situation was but it seems sickeningly easy to presume what happened. There are problems right under our noses that more and more people choose to ignore because it's 'not their problem'. We accept these innocent murders as 'accidents', things that just happen and can't be eradicated due to the very nature of our city environments but I suppose it's all the more frustrating and immediately poignant when you keep stumbling across the replacement teddy bears and spilt candle wax.
Continually re-evaluating how and why you earn money is essential to a critical view of a capitalist world.
All currency should reinforce that.
The Ethical Fashion Programme is a project of the International Trade Centre, a joint body of
the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation.
The Ethical Fashion Programme allows thousands of women the ability to support themselves and their families with a life-long trade.
This image was taken in a small community in the African nation of Burkina Faso where the programme works closely with the female weavers.
Find out more about the programmes efforts at www.intracen.org/ethicalfashion
What's the things that matter to you? THINK of the every LITTLE one that forms the BIG one.
Do you remember the floods of June 2007 in the UK? I do, Hull and surrounding villages were some of the worst hit areas and many people suddenly woke up to the nightmare of global warming. Flooding is again currently in the eye of the media on a much larger disaster scale in Pakistan, and will continue to affect many other areas and more frequently in the future. Despite sea levels rising and more frequent flooding and wet weather in the UK, we actually have less water available per person than most other European countries, yet each person in the UK uses about 150 litres of water per day. This is not sustainable long term. We know the facts, yet nothing is changing. We need to cut down our water usage. I am very interested in using organic materials normally, but after finding a surplus of old computers discarded at a primary school waiting to be shipped off to a landfill, it got me thinking about the future of the availability of organic materials. This piece is a representation of a future after-thought of how technology is a replacement of our consideration for our environment, once we lived off the land now we survive though technology. I created a fountain out of deconstructed computer parts using cabling to convey the movement of water. The image on the computer screen showing evidence of once free running water. www.waterwise.org.uk Think Faster. Act NOW.
The power to resist is inside us all.
Image by artist Alex Rose, styled by Alister Mackie, courtesy of AnOther Man.
I shot this double exposure from a hotel window while my brother and I were in Tokyo two years ago. I came to realise Tokyo was the only place I had ever really felt entirely comfortable, but was perplexed upon realising I was experiencing the city from an entirely detached and superficial perspective. Living high up in a luxurious tower wasting away days at my leisure. This photo serves as a reminder to the unsustainable nature of the utopia I inhabited for those ten days.
The Politically Correct nature of our current society is so scared of upsetting anyone that instead of a cosmopolitan country of vibrant culture, we are being encouraged to turn into a grey mass of manageable consumers. Celebrate individuality. Protect eccentricity. Crave Culture
I took this photo one wild and hazy summer night, blasting fireworks and riding bicycles through the city with some dear friends in varying states of madness and joy. Human beings need to feel the wildness of existence, to remember what life can be about. Freedom, love, youth, rebellion... these are the things that are going to save the world.
I took this picture in my town, Malmö, during the Rainbow parade 2010. It's just like a gay pride parade, but many people who feel the need to stand up for someone's rights are welcome. I loved this message as it showed courage and engagement. I wanted people to know this person was there and I photographed it the way I felt it was right to.
Establishment of new food forests in remote australia to support the Onslow community in the permaculture philosophy of being able to sustain the region over its lifetime to save sufficient energy to regenerate and maintain itself in order for us to help many more communities in this desolate harsh part of the world.
Everything in this universe and all that surrounds us is controlling of our own being. We should knowingly use only what is necessary without damaging ourselves or our planet.
We sit behind our makers. We build and build and build. We watch through our blindness, and watch and watch we will. Till everything is gone, with monsters standing still. We watch through our blindness and build and build and build. (A poem based on the continuous building of man made structures that are killing the earth’s natural landscape)
"Wouldn't it be nice if things were better"
The focus of Plastiki is "about encouraging the world to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink more of the planets natural resources".
Fast food, fast walk, fast look, fast car, fast fun, fast toughts, fast feelings, fast love, fa... slow life please.
What kind of world do we inhabit where playmates often make more sense than politicians?
Rooftop painting at 16 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY by Molly Dilworth to be viewed on Google Earth. The light colors reduce the heat absorbed into the building - one small action to help reduce the heat-island effect. Photograph © Eura Chun
Peak oil reserves will be depleted by 2020. That makes 10 to 15 years to change our habits. Ten to fifteen years: it's the lifetime of your car.
UN HQ, Geneva. And still the world watches on.
Mohammed El Gharani was released from Guantanamo Bay after seven years of unlawful imprisonment. Here he stands proud next to his beloved books received from supporters.
Reprieve enforces human rights and saves lives. Visit www.reprieve.org.uk for more information.
Last month I came back from Haiti where I was consulting on a wonderful program called "Cinema under the Stars". It was their "Food for Souls Tour", which was a series of outdoor screenings along the fault line of the earthquake, right in the middle of tent cities. The program's main sponsor, The Green Family Foundation, partners with NGO's to provide health care messaging during the screenings, raise the morale and to provide mobile clinics during the events. On my way to one of the shows, I took this picture from my moving car. The graffiti on the wall was everywhere in Port au Prince. It reads "Haiti pap peri" (Haiti is not dead). As it turns out, a local graffiti artist wrote this phrase, which politicians have turned into the slogan for this year’s presidential elections. The screenings are attended by thousands and the this graffiti tag is a testament of how art can lift our human spirits in our darkest hour.
Revolution begins with change in the individual.
Remember how you enjoyed rain showers during your childhood? How things change rapidly and unnoticeably. Acid rain is destroying our farms, our calves, our forests, our rivers, our glaciers and human kind. When did we begin to shelter from the rain?
I took this image at a rally I attended in San Francisco in 2003. Although the photo was taken just a few years ago, it reminds me of protest images from the 60's.
This is a photograph of a replica of Linda Carty's cell that has been touring with petitioners to raise awareness of her case and trial. Linda Carty faces death by
lethal injection within months unless a final appeal launched earlier this year can persuade the US Supreme Court that she deserves a second trial. Linda Carty, a rape victim who says she was framed for murder by career criminals, has been on death
row in central Texas since 2002. Her hopes of clemency depend on the Supreme Court accepting her case, and with it 80 bound briefing documents submitted by British campaigners and government lawyers. If it does not, she will almost certainly become the first black British woman to be executed in more than a century. Speak up.
Each year in Paris, The Great Fashion Sale raises money for AIDS research through auctioning donated clothing from well known designers. This image represents the continued fight against the disease. Renowned for their fashion photography and short films, Susie Q & Leo Siboni recently won the prize for Young Talent at the Diane Pernet festival.
In a society where people are so controlled, Active Resistance is just to be yourself! To be and be conscious of who you are because consciousness is the key of our liberty!
Definition of MANDALA: a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe. Here, a mandala of those contaminating the world's beauty.
London has become uninhabitable. Every year spring tides surge through the Thames Barrier, making London the new Venice. But whereas the city of gondolas has come to terms with water, London is overwhelmed.
This image shows the impact of 7-metre flooding, the level required to breach the Thames Barrier.
Image © Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones.
Background photography © Jason Hawkes
Another logging road carves up the Congo Basin rainforest, the second largest rainforest in the world, evicting the very people from the forest who have been its custodians for centuries. Around 60 million people depend on the Congo Basin rainforest for their livelihoods, yet only 1.6% of the forest land is legally designated for the use of forest communities.
The Rainforest Foundation is one of the few organizations that combines human rights and environmental protection. We believe that the first step to save the rainforest and to reduce poverty in tropical rainforest countries is to gain rights for the people that live in those areas.
For more information visit The Rainforest Foundation UK
"Artists, we're almost there !" This is not a utopia.
I refuse to be controlled by the system who try to control what I eat. Body and mind are connected, so what I eat is important. My mind has the benefits of all produce that I plant. Planting to resist.
Where there were once trees, the dust now gathers.
Peaceful protester walks into a police line during the G20 summit protests in Toronto.
Take the time to look around. Stop looking straight. You'll find a new world.
Our media society leads to a distorted image of life, stopping us from reaching the trinity of life (the individual, the world and the relationship between the two). Return to nature.
"Since the world drives us to a delirious state of things, we must drive to a delirious point of view."
Shot on the first school day in Dongbei university, in Changchun, China. "Student" is a synonym to "rebel" all over the world. But what will happen to them after graduation?
German artist, Hermann Josef-Hack recently installed his Climate Refugee Camp in Hanover, Germany. The installation consisted of over six hundred miniature tents representing those who have already lost their homes through human influenced global warming.
For more information please visit www.hermann-josef-hack.de
Our society needs balance. I want the world to compromise.
The skip represents a very universal value of The Brave New World's wastefulness that we live in these days. Use less.
This is sky of Bali. And of Japan and the US and the world over. I wish for blue sky in all countries.
"I don't agree with a word that you say BUT I will die defending your right to say it."
"Les feux de L’amour" (Fire of love), is a work about how to resist in the reality of the everyday life. It’s more than 300 heart stickers on traffic light to say : « Good morning ». It’s an anonymous declaration of love to anyone. It’s a declaration of love to the City. It’s a declaration of love to a bus driver… It’s a declaration of love, an act of freedom, against a light prohibition.
Sucked into daily routine, it is often easy to forget that life is happening here and now. Let yourself go.
Newtown Creek, bordering Greenpoint and Queens, is the location of one of the largest urban oil spills in U.S. history. The oil spread under the surrounding neighborhoods, posing serious health risks to people who live in the densely populated area (over twenty-two thousand people per square mile in Greenpoint alone). Learn the history of your local environment.
These tomatoes have traveled 6866 miles by airfreight and HGV. This journey released 5100g of Carbon Dioxide into the air.
The port Nouadhibou has become the departure point for African migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands and a more democratic society. This is an extremely dangerous route to reach the European Union as a result of these more democratic nations using the port as a dumping ground for ships.
Lisbon, Portugal - Novembre 16, 2010
Student's demonstration against austerity measures decided by the government.
Raise your voice.
Due to the changes in living conditions in the past 50 years a singular new concept of living has developed among the Hutong District of old Beijing, the distinctive traits of which are density, capability of adaptation, neighbourhood relationships and a street-oriented lifestyle. Following the recent extensive demolitions such Hutong culture is nowadays undergoing the risk of destruction. Instant Hutong’s project aims at increasing the awareness of such culture with a series of public actions organized inside Beijing’s courtyards and the adjacent lanes, involving its inhabitants in actively reflecting on contemporary changes of their city environment.
One peek on those who have resisted in their lifestyle. With unpretentious needs, without electricity, living in harmony with nature, always cheerful, they are a paradigm for the future. Women who live in the mountains of Serbia. They don't fight with nature, they listen to it, they understand it.
"Konbit Shelter is a sustainable building project with the objective of sharing knowledge and resources through the creation of homes and community spaces in post earthquake Haiti.
We are a group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers, who, after the January 2010 earthquake, asked ourselves how we could use our skills and resources to directly assist another community in a time of crisis. Our hope is to link our creative passion as artists and our training as architects and engineers with the broad knowledge and skills of local artisans, builders, and farmers.
We collaboratively created structures of beauty and joy which utilize the advantages of earth bag and dome architecture as adapted to the climate and conditions of the specific locale.
By sourcing all materials within Haiti, and raising money to hire a crew of builders from the community to train in the construction style, we intend to bring the kind of assistance that promotes the local economy, creates jobs, and builds valuable skill sets.
"This flesh you break, this blood you let
Make desolation in the vein
Were oat and grape
Born of the sensual root and sap;
My wine you drink, my bread you snap"
Giraffe killed by the drought in WAJIR area, in the northen eastern province Kenya . October 2009
CH2 house is 80% naturally sustainable high rise building in the heart of Melbourne- an initiative by the Melbourne city council. These are the side wooden shutters of the building which act as heating and cooling shutters based on outside temperature.
Sustainable living in an urban environment.
This photo was taken in Nanjing, China during an artist residency called 'Happy Stacking' that explored the the impact of industrialisation on China's rural communities. The community helped create a day of music, dancing and procession to connect and bring different inhabitants together across the village. The children here demonstrate how we can contribute to how we live; that if we stay true to our inner dreams and passions, we can overcome daily struggle with the persistence of youthful spirit.
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Five years after Katrina the music in New Orleans is back.
You can find love where you least expect it.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is an amazing network and program that connects people who want to work on farms with farmers who need extra help.
A Wwoofer will work on a farm for about 30 hours a week in exchange for room and board. It's a great way to learn more about a country and culture, and at the same time
learn about organic farming practices. If you understand where things come from and how things are made, you will appreciate them much more. And if you keep an open mind,
you will find that it's ok to trust strangers.
A man transports steel drums in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. Bangladesh has been singled out in recent years for widespread labour exploitation and poor protection of workers’ rights – particularly in the garment sector. According to Human Rights Watch, the central problem is “employers’ systemic denial of basic
labour rights, such as safe and decent working conditions, freedom of association and the right to form a union, and ability to earn a decent wage.” The International Labor Organisation estimates that 11,700 workers suffer fatal accidents and a further 24,500 die from work-related diseases across all sectors each year in Bangladesh.
Thanks to organisations such as 'War on Want' awareness is being raised and situations are slowly changing.
Limited edition of 200 posters,
screen printed with oil from the
Gulf of Mexico disaster.
All benefits go to CRCL,
(Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana)
a non-profit organisation dedicated
to restoring the Gulf of Mexico.
"To my surprise, 16 years after the genocide, I witnessed the burial of one of its victims. I was told that her name was Therese. She was nearly 70 when she was killed. Only recently her killers confessed where they had buried her."
Manuel Toledo, of the BBC World Service, travelling overland in Africa.
When I passed these two men on the subway platform, I assumed one was reading to the other, preaching or teaching from the Bible. But I was wrong. I stopped nearby to listen and discovered that one man was teaching the other to read.
A concept born by two Brooklyn artists, the contrail is a small device to be attached to your bike which lets a small amount of paint onto the tire as you ride, leaving a colourful trail behind you.
Contrail uses washable, non-toxic chalking fluid made from eco-friendly pigments and are currently working to provide these devices to non-profit organizations to increase road safety and make cycling more fun.
“Working with the Biddeford Maine Community Bicycle Center, the City of Biddeford, Maine and local businesses, we want to develop a system of safe routes for young adults to bicycle to school. Local businesses will help fund signage and extra crossing guards to ensure that these routes are as safe as can be. To celebrate and illustrate the new paths, over a designated week students will ride from school to their neighborhoods and back using donated Contrails. The result will be a path of lines that converge and grow brighter as they approach the school.”
Iceland is powered by %99 renewable green energy. Though this geothermal powerplant appears to be heavily polluting the atmosphere, the only by-product from this factory is steam. Blue Lagoon, Keflavik, Iceland.
To create this shimmering ‘CD Sea’, British artist Bruce Munro made a public appeal for old, unused CD’s. With the 600,000 donated discs he received, Munro created this installation in Wiltshire, England – the first of a series of installations using recycled materials.
An integral part of traditional Aboriginal Culture, Djunbas is taught at an early age, handing down song cycles and moves from one generation to the next. The Mowanjum dancers perform, telling stories of the Wandjina (Aboriginal Spirit) and the Gwion Gwion (traditional name of the Bradshaw figures).
(Mowanjum community, Derby, North-West Australia)
2012 Olympic hopeful Marcus Titus uses a strobe at the starting line to compensate for his complete lack of hearing. Currently a part of the US national team, Marcus removes his hearing aid before each race, surrounding himself with complete silence, allowing him to gain the concentration and focus he needs to compete at his best.
A tribute to the green life that valiantly grows through this asphalt.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Trees and woods are at the heart of life - intrinsic to our fragile
eco-system and essential for conserving bio-diversity, they are also
places of great beauty and wonder. Some trees are hundreds of years
old, protected by laws dating back to the Magna Carta from 1215.
Sadly, the new government in the UK proposes to change some of these
ancient laws in it's intention of selling off a third of the 1.85
million acres of woodland looked after by The Forestry Commission.
This means fewer trees, more golf courses, more Centre Parcs. This is
not growth and progress, it is irreparable destruction. The UK is
already one of the least wooded places in Europe with only 12% of the
landscape wooded, compared to an average of 44% on the continent.
We need more trees, not less.
Walking on a cold, grey afternoon, there it was. A heart shaped, muddy, little puddle. A love puddle.
I am a child of the 80s. I\'ve known Germany and Poland since their grey communist days. Back then, people were sad but there was a sense of identity. Nowadays, glistening globalization has taken over, and I try to nostalgically capture what remains from the past.
A Freegan is a protester against wasting food. Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle whereby people employ alternative living strategies based on “limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources”. Freegans “embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity and greed.”
Freegans salvage discarded and unspoiled food for political reasons, rather than out of need.
Sensory deprivation is a form of torture used in interrogations and punishments in prisons across the world. The person isolated in a small room with no light and deprived of stimulation for long periods of time. It has the effect of an extreme experience of boredom and has been found to have profoundly damaging effects on the brain.
Most people are fortunate enough not to have such inhumane boredom forced upon them. Don’t impose sensory deprivation on yourself.
Learn about your surroundings. Only boring people get bored.
I am time.
Measured by your actions, it is over when it’s over. It is done when it’s done.
Live it up, I am all you’ve got.
With the amount of power we consume daily. Without the lights. A night without light is still beautiful.
On 19th May 2010, ‘Central World’ shopping centre in Bangkok was partly burnt down due to public riots.
The victim of this tragedy is teaching us to think optimistically even in the
worst situations. At the construction site passers-by are told that anger will not solve the problem and that with no hope, there is no future.
I captured this image of my son exploring in a gallery. The excitement and enthusiasm of innocence is one we should hold on to through life. We must invest in the future of our children.
As parents, it is our responsibility to expose our children to a variety of artistic and cultural experiences in order to help shape future generations.
Allow your children the opportunities you never had.
In this day and age we are still on the street fighting for our equality.
From the ‘Equal Love’ rally held on November 20th, 2010 to advocate the need for equal marriage rights.
Use your voice.
Even the most remote places are touched by commercialization and capitalism.
Don’t just sit there. What would you make better?
“What if the seasons didn’t mean anything anymore? And climate behaved unpredictably?
You don’t really want to hear about global warming but increasingly you will have to.” - Mathilde Fallot
Green Patriot Posters brings together the strongest contemporary graphic design promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change. This campaign uses dynamic posters to encourage citizen participation in building a sustainable economy (created by The Canary Project). These posters can be general (“We Can Do It!”) or can promote a specific sustainability action.
Green Patriot successfully raised funds to take over eight bus kiosks in San Francisco through LoudSauce, the first crowdfunded
media buying platform that allows art and social causes to take their messages to the streets.
“Golab waminrg” by Mathilde Fallot
resided on Market Street in one of the heaviest consumer-driven areas of that city in December 2010.
We captured this project for Creative Migration, a not-for-profit organization that produces documentary films promoting socially engaged art projects that mobilize change. Our documentary has been selected for Project Green, a sustainable filmmaking initiative launched by NOMAD Films
and Global Action Plan Sweden in April 2011, which includes mentorship throughout the production and screenings of the
fi nal project during October 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dan is pretty much non verbal. Art is his way of communicating with the outside world.
True art requires no explanation.
The world’s first festival tents that last three days then biodegrade. Embedded with local seeds, the tents disintegrate to reveal green spaces.
The slogan used for this piece was originally sprayed onto walls by members of the Situationist Internationale during the student uprisings in Paris, 1968. It was a reflection of the seductive rhythms of capitalism that still hypnotise us today - but the spectacle is fading. As street art activists we seek to awaken the people of the city. Advertising is one of the negative forces that sedates our expectations of the possible as consumerism divorces us from the very real consequences of our actions. Wake up from your slumber! Commodity is not the measure of worth.
Members of this group secretly meet at night to plant flowers, shrubs and vegetables in neglected urban spaces. Although their actions seem harmless, they are still viewed by the authorities as illegal and prosecutable.
By exploring the duality of male and female apparel, familiar everyday objects and garments function as guerrilla gardening tools, interfacing modern technology with organic products. Secretly dropping seeds every 20 steps, these designs allow the guerrilla gardener to integrate their assaults into their everyday routine.
Made from 40,000 used plastic bags and 7,500 plastic cups donated by over
38 local schools, the Plastic Bag Monster from Kongresni trg spreads its
plastic tentacles through the streets of Ljubljana. It symbolises the
spreading of consumerism and waste segregation. The monster itself has adjusted to the environment and has therefore survived. It is supplanting us from the food chain. It just might succeed. It is reproducing with inconceivable speed and knows no mercy. It feeds on individuals’ sloth and irresponsibility.
Today we blindly follow our leaders: a submissive relationship that has us sunk in a brutal economic crisis.
They have taken us to the wrong place.
We have a permissive capacity in capitulating to our leaders. Have your own opinion.
Finding peace within the chaos and noise of a city.
2002 La Paz, Bolivia.
Citizens from the Delta del Ebro region joined urban artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada to form a giant representation of the face of a young girl who wishes to see the Delta survive the threat of climate change.
The art was one of several major public art installations in over a dozen locations across the planet photographed by satellites 400 miles above the Earth’s surface during November 2010 as part of a planetary scale art project, 350 EARTH. This 2.5 hectare installation was done using shadows. The intention was to give importance to the the environmental consequences and human impact of the potential rise in sea levels due to global warming and to generate a discussion about how our actions today will affect the generations to come. Gal·la is a symbol for the need to avoid this impending disaster. Her portrait was constructed using a labyrinth design that alludes to the tenacity of the human spirit to find a solution.
My actions contain a critical view of our attitude towards living in and with nature, as well as my passion for it. The moss installation draws attention to this deficiency in our daily life. It functions as an exclamation mark within the city. Surrounded by its contrasting atmosphere, the installation playfully calls to mind a more familiar, environmentally friendly state, breaking cold urban norms.
A classic character in the east village. This place, Ray's Candy Store, has been on Ave. A since the 1970's. Of course, the landlord is trying to move him out to get a higher paying tenant. Soon there will be no street culture, no family run businesses, just chain stores, bankers and lots of empty store fronts. There needs to be a community preservation society that works.
In the best-case scenario planet earth will last as long as the sun does. Miktor & Molf are all for getting our precious little planet there and then go out with a blast.