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The creative spirit overcame all fears and concerns last week in the city of lights and love as people expressed their backing for stronger global action on climate change in art, film, and in a quiet but moving public demonstration of support.

The UN climate change conference, COP 21, has mobilized leading artists who have turned Paris into an open-air display of contemporary art. The UN is also supporting events in some of the iconic landmarks of the French capital. These events are called “Blue Points”. Check out the interactive map for updates.

A large climate planned march was dropped due to security concerns following November’s terrorist attacks in Paris but was replaced by a giant shoe installation as a “virtual” march. Shoes belonging to famous personalities, including Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, were displayed on the Place de la République along with over 11,000 others.

(Photo by Avaaz)

Elsewhere, over 600,000 people took to the streets in 175 countries around the world to call for an ambitious new climate change agreement at COP 21.

The Standing March, a colossal light projection at the Pantheon by French artist JR and Oscar-nominated US filmmaker Darren Aronofsky reminded leaders that the world is watching as they gather to negotiate.

(Photo credit: Hans-Jürgen Staudt)


In Paris, posters, banners, ad campaigns and graffiti all sent messages demanding faster climate action.

(Photo credit: Lucas Schneider)

The Eiffel Tower kicked off the events with 1 Heart, 1 Tree, where anyone can plant a virtual tree and leave a short message through their smartphone. The tree is then planted in the real world in reforestation projects.

(Photo credit: Jean Philippe Pariente)

The Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde was also turned into beams of light. Passers-by are invited to transmit their heartbeats directly into the Phare (Beacon) via a sensor and make the monument sparkle.

Magnum Foundation and #Dysturb, a group of photojournalists, pasted 25 large images from all over the world showing the impacts of climate change.

(Photo credit: Benjamin Girette)

During COP 21, the Conference of Creatives hosted by a hundred artists, architects, scientists and philosophers, began on 1 December. It is an international and public summit based on creativity and partnership aiming at finding alternative solutions to the challenges of climate change.

One of the most talked about works of art is Ice Watch by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing. Twelve big blocks of ice, harvested from free-floating icebergs in Greenland, are arranged in a clock formation on the Place du Panthéon, where they will melt away during COP21.

(Photo credit: Hans-Jürgen Staudt)

The Mobile Film Festival, in partnership with the UN, launched the idea of “1 smartphone, 1 minute, 1 film” to “Act on Climate Change.” More than 750 videos shot in 70 countries were received and were viewed by over 17 million people. The winner was Parametric, by Amila Kumarasinghe from Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, everywhere, watching over the events is Elyx, the UN’s first honorary digital ambassador, the creation of French artist Yak.

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