Swedish embassy launches climate change art exhibition
The Swedish embassy in Zimbabwe has unveiled a visual art display on their embassy wall as a way to inform the public on climate change.
Dubbed, Facing the Climate, the exhibition was officially launched by the Swedish ambassador to Zimbabwe Sofia Calltorp at the envoy’s Avondale residency in Harare last Thursday.
In an interview with The Standard Style on the sidelines of the launch, Calltorp said the satirical pieces by Swedish artists were an attempt to sensitise people on the dangers of environmental degradation.
“Dedication and action to save our climate and environment is of course crucial and to remind us here in Harare about that, we are now launching our new outdoor exhibition,” she said.
“It is very much an exhibition where we hope to remind ourselves but also make ourselves think on how each and every one can contribute to combating climate change.”
Portraying humorous subjects, the images are both attractive to the passing public and will stimulate debate on climate change, as well as influence action towards addressing those issues.
“The main purpose is to raise awareness and stimulate debate on those issues. We hope that those hundreds of people who pass by everyday will see the exhibition and they will talk to their families, colleagues and friends about climate change,” said Calltorp.
She said that unity among all humanity was the key factor in solving the scourge which has caused untold suffering to a myriad of people, mostly in the third world.
“It is very much an exhibition where we hope to remind ourselves but also make ourselves think on how each and every one can contribute to combating climate change,” Calltorp said.
The exhibition is the first step of the embassy’s reinforcement and environmental and climate change work in Zimbabwe.