With high visibility in Glasgow, Scotland, light projections and street hubs today feature verse and pleas by poets and activists from Indonesia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Tanzania, and the Philippines.

“We take great pride in helping foment a global poetry rebellion instigated by poets and leaders from climate vulnerable countries, working with leaders of the Climate Vulnerable Forum in collaboration with artist Jenny Holzer, whose work to illuminate UK landmarks continues to draw attention to the climate crisis,” said Padmapani Perez, lead strategist of the Agam Agenda, which is behind the global When Is Now campaign.

Holzer’s public art, HURT EARTH, is on public display to coincide with COP26. The artwork is a collection of haunting, inspiring, and expert testimony in collaboration with the Agam Agenda, Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), and many more.

Alongside testimonies from Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, Mohamed Nasheed, and 40 other climate leaders and activists, contributors of the Agam Agenda whose writings are featured in the light projections are: Gawani Domogo Gaongen, Philippines (translated from the original Kankanaey into English by the author); Islam Juma Kapera, Tanzania (translated from the original Swahili by Kelly Askew in consultation with Abdilatif Abdalla);  Shirley Campbell Barr, Costa Rica (translated from the original Spanish into English by Alexandra Walter); Darmawati Majid, Indonesia (translated from the original Bahasa Indonesia into English by the author and Nabiha Shahab). Also part of the Agam Agenda are Yuvan Aves, India; Margarito Cuéllar, Mexico (translated from the original Spanish into English by Alexandra Walter); Marjorie Evasco, Philippines and Luisa Igloria, USA and Philippines.

Launched at the Tate Modern in London, a public arts museum that has been a decommissioned coal firing station for several decades, Holzer’s light projections bathed the building’s iconic chimney to address the climate crisis. The artwork travels to Scotland to light Edinburgh Castle, the SEC Armadillo in the official Blue Zone of COP26 in Glasgow, followed by the Met Tower in Glasgow, succeeded by a series of pop-up locations in Edinburgh. It is co-curated and produced by Artwise Curators and Shore Art Advisory, in collaboration with Art For Your World, a movement by WWF to engage the art world in the fight against climate change.

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