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Moths to a Flame – Microsite launch

Moths to a Flame will turn your calls for urgent action on the Climate Emergency into a magnificent mass-participation art installation at COP26, Glasgow 2021.

EVERYONE is invited to join this NATIONWIDE creative response to the Climate Emergency.

We’re asking people to help us make 20,000 moths and record their messages for the Moths to a Flame installation at COP26. The artwork allows us all to make a mark, have our say, show our willingness for action and bring a bit of beauty to COP26.

Chloë Uden, artist and founder of The Art and Energy Collective. 

Please visit our new Moths to a Flame website to find out more.

2021 is a really important year for action on climate change. Later this year, the UK is hosting the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow – also known as COP26. What gets decided by World Leaders there will define the future that today’s young people inherit. The time is now to drive action on climate change, and show people that by coming together we can make a difference.

The Art and Energy Collective and Plymouth Energy Community have been planning this momentous artwork since 2019 and EVERYONE is invited to get involved.

Moths have something to tell us about our relationship with energy; there are over 2,500 species of moth in the UK and most of them live in a mysterious nocturnal world so we don’t notice them much. They are secret pollinators and a vital part of our ecosystem. The UK has seen a drastic drop in the number of moths in recent years owing to pollution, farming methods, reduction in habitats and light pollution. This indicator species tells us a lot about the health of our planet.

This project raised over £40k through Plymouth City Council Climate Challenge Crowdfunder to work with people across the UK to build the artwork.

You can access the resources for all ages on the www.mothstoaflame.art website and over the next few months. The team will be running free events, including making sessions, augmented reality activities, poetry writing, live moth-watching events and schools workshops so there are all sorts of ways people can get involved.

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Moths to a Flame will turn your calls for urgent action on the Climate Emergency into a magnificent mass-participation art installation at COP26, Glasgow 2021. EVERYONE is invited to join this NATIONWIDE creative response to the Climate Emergency. 

We’re asking people to help us make 20,000 moths and record their messages for the Moths to a Flame installation at COP26. The artwork allows us all to make a mark, have our say, show our willingness for action and bring a bit of beauty to COP26.

Chloë Uden, artist and founder of The Art and Energy Collective

You can access the FREE resources for all ages on the www.mothstoaflame.art website and over the next few months. The team will be running free events, including making sessions, augmented reality activities, poetry writing, live moth-watching events and schools workshops so there are all sorts of ways people can get involved.

“I think that the Moths to a Flame project has a huge potential to inspire community led action on climate change. This artwork will be an amazing, immersive experience. You will be surrounded by the moths shining all over the space, and know that they have been created by people from all over the region; that will be absolutely powerful.” Eli Zahoui, Smart Citizens – Fab Lab Plymouth

The power of this project is that it is not technical. It isn’t just playing to the energy and climate change geek like me, it’s for everybody. In the few years pre COVID, we saw a massive growth and swelling in awareness around climate change and the importance of action. Now people need to know where to direct that awareness and what to do next.” Alastair Macpherson, CEO Plymouth Energy Community

 

 www.mothstoaflame.art

 

“I absolutely believe in the power and the force of creativity to make change. That’s why I backed this project; it makes change feel possible. When the challenge is something as daunting as the climate emergency, it can feel so inaccessible to people, but this artwork says the power is literally in our hands to make one little piece of the jigsaw of change that will make a difference globally”. Hannah Harris, Plymouth Culture

“The Moths to a Flame Project promises to provide a year of challenges and activities in 2021, to promote energy saving practices and green lifestyle choices. Values and practices that we at Sovereign Housing support wholeheartedly. We are looking forward to being part of this ongoing strategy to limit our impact on our planet and provide a greener future for our customers.” Kate Sheppard, Sovereign Housing

 

There are so many ways to get involved with this project. Take a look at all the resources on our website www.mothstoaflame.art or get in touch to talk moths, art and energy.