24 May 2011
Guy Abrahams is a Melbourne gallerist, lawyer and climate activist. He brought his gallery career to a close and founded CLIMARTE, to liberate the power of art in the climate movement.
I am impressed by Guy’s vision. He is determined and has incredible networks, including arts, collectors and the climate movement. Guy is not soft politically and is prepared to stand up for the rapid transition to a zero emissions, renewable energy economy.
This is the sort of Cultural campaigning that I think should be part of every effective, long-term PR and political strategy in our sector.
Today Guy put out this media release as an intervention in the climate debate and a clear rebuttal to the skeptics in the Coalition and the media.
Arts sector endorses Climate Commission’s The Critical Decade – calls for a strong carbon price and greater incentives for renewable energy production.
CLIMARTE, representing an alliance of arts organisations, practitioners, administrators, patrons and academics from across the arts spectrum today endorsed the findings of the independent Climate Commission’s The Critical Decade.
“The evidence that the global climate is already changing as a result of human activities is incontestable” said CLIMARTE Co-Founder Guy Abrahams.
“The Climate Commission is spot on when it says that this is the “critical decade.” Our decisions on how to tackle this immense challenge, and make the most of these great opportunities, will determine the kind of world that our children and grandchildren will inherit.
“CLIMARTE calls on all members of our Federal and State Parliaments to take meaningful and urgent action on climate change; to support a strong carbon price as well as a suite of complimentary policies that encourages renewable energy production from proven existing technologies such as solar and wind.
“The time for talking has passed”, said Abrahams, “the time for action is here, and the arts has a responsibility to encourage the creative and transformational thinking required to protect our climate, and to protect life on this planet.”