L’Alliance pour la Planète, a collective made up of NGO's and associations in France, is calling out to Parisian and all European citizens to turn of their lights for five minutes on February 1st. The date is choosen because a new report will be submitted in Paris the next day by GIEC, an intergovernmental group of experts on climate change for the United Nations. The '5 minutes of respite' are meant to attract the eyes of the media, and show the French presidental candidates that global climate change must be included in the political debate.
For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea.
We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea’s responses. The impact of Industrialisation, population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea. Nature retaliates by creating new forms, one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or “phytoplankton”
Images: wooden sewerage pipe from Stralsund. &
Portrait of William Lindley the designer of the first sewerage system in Stralsund, algae on paper.