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Indian artistes, painters join climate change campaign

india Updated: Apr 15, 2009 01:48 IST
Aditya Ghosh
Aditya Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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They are taking recourse of art to establish the science, inviting Indian musicians, artists, and painters to spread the message of climate change because they feel it is the best way to drive the agenda home.

The initiative is a part of Cape Farewell, a forum of scientists, artists, musicians and globe-trotters based in the UK and partnered by University College London, Environmen-tal Change Institute Oxford University, National Oceano-graphy Centre, Scottish Association of Marine Scientists and British Geological Survey. Called the cultural response to climate change, the forum has been trying to sensitise people about climate change and how it has emerged as a real, perceptible threat. Author Vikram Seth is already a part of the initiative along with some other Indian writers based in the UK.

One of the lead scientists associated with the forum, Simon Boxall is now in the country to tie up with people from the world of art and young ambassadors to make them a part of global climate change campaign and talk about how India is as vulnerable as any other country in Europe and the USA.

“We have realised that this way, it is much easier to reach out to more and more people and the mainstream media also highlight them in a better way than a drab science article,” said Boxall who is a professor at the University of Southampton, National Oceanography Center.

For a country like India with low-lying coastal areas, effects of climate change will be quite devastating, he said. “Even rise of the sea level by a metre will wreck havoc in these parts,” he claimed. This, he added, will only result in more intense but shorter monsoons and long dry spells of summers.

The plan is to launch entertainment programmes simultaneously in the UK and in India, concerts, film shows shot in the Arctic and discussions.

With the Arctic ice cap thinnest this year, the world needed to take cognisance the enormity of the crisis. “The traditional media, scientific jargons, researches have failed to penetrate into public psyche. There has to be an alternative approach and this seems to be the most effective one,” he said.