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Social media delivers global climate summit to viewers across the world

By: - November 2, 2021 11:19 am

British actor Fehinti Balogun performs in a multimedia climate-change video. | Screenshot, COP26 YouTube

The global climate summit that began Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland, is not only grappling with looming catastrophe but presenting stunning multimedia images of life on Earth in all its glory: dolphins skimming through sea waters of the United Kingdom, tropical fish swimming through Australian coral reefs,, and mountain climbers gazing over snow-capped peaks in France.

The beauty contrasts starkly with video clips of glaciers breaking apart in Norway. wildfires in the American West, and flooding in ancient villages of Scotland.

The message to policymakers and polluters: Earth and its life forms are magnificent, irreplaceable and in danger of being destroyed by atmospheric pollution.

World leaders including President Joe Biden, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, summit president Alok Sharma and nature documentary filmmaker Sir David Attenborough were the first dignitaries to take the stage on opening day Sunday and Monday of the climate summit, called COP 26 (Conference of the Parties) under the auspices of the United Nations.

Meanwhile, scores of selected short videos that include art, music, documentaries and comedy were launched to engage viewers around the world.

The COP 26 social media channels also present recordings of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and individual presentations on display at the enormous conference center.

In the short video “Earth To COP,” footage of actual floods, fires, hurricanes, and icebergs fracturing are presented alongside scenes from healthy ecosystems across the world and green projects under way to try to save them.

The description: “In a universe of unimaginable size, our planet is unparalleled in its beauty. … Earth is sending a message that we must not ignore. And we all have a vital role to play.”

A panel called “Our Village, Community, Corner” features a brilliant segment by British actor Fehinti Balogun using dance, computer-generated animation and music to break it down with a beat: “The more the emissions, the hotter we get.”

Attenborough, one of the world’s most admired chroniclers of life on Earth, describes what he is convinced is at stake in Glasgow as some 30,000 people from around the world convene to discuss what to do about life-threatening climate change.

Sir David Attenborough, COP 26 People’s Advocate, addressed the world climate summit Monday in Glasgow, Scotland. | Screenshot, COP26 YouTube

His video is titled, “Sir David Attenborough,  COP 26 People’s Advocate.”

“There could not be a more important moment that we should have international agreements,” Attenborough declares in that voice so recognizable from his decades of nature documentaries.

“The epidemic has shown us how crucial it is to find agreement among nations, if we are to solve such worldwide problems. But the problems that await us within the next five to 10 years are even greater. It is crucial that these meetings in Glasgow, COP 26, have success and that, at last, the nations will come together to solve the crippling problems that the world, the globe now faces.”

This story first ran in the Advance‘s sister outlet, the Florida Phoenix. Read the story here.

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Laura Cassels
Laura Cassels

Laura Cassels is a reporter with the Florida Phoenix. She is a former statehouse bureau chief and city editor. She is a classical pianist, a Florida State University graduate and proud alum of the Florida Flambeau, an independent college newspaper.