Cape Farewell

Arctic Addiction

A while ago (back in 2008 to be precise) I spent about 10 days on a Russian scientific vessel on the West coast of Greenland with some creative types such as Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Vanessa Carlton, Feist, Martha Wainwright and many others. We spent our time between helping the scientists on board (in the same way as toddlers help playgroup teachers) and exploring our surroundings all the time having the luxurious freedom to create as we went.

I think about this job quite a bit, it was an unusual one to say the least and affecting indeed.

At the time there was a little press about the trip, but unlike many events involving celebrity, this wasn't really the point.

The concept might seem a bit woolly, but the intentions are honourable and the alternative is demonstratively not working:

Rather than rely on the public and it's elected officials to react and make policy based on facts and figures presented by scientists accompanied by doomsday predictions and reactionary obfuscation - create a 'cultural shift' by affecting artists and their work through exposure to real-world climate change issues.

In other words, take a musician to Greenland and show them first-hand what climate change means to a population stuggling to adapt their age-old way of life to the loss of sea-ice over the last generation. Hope that said musicians future work takes this into account and realase them back into their normal life.

Before you say 'well THAT's not going to work!' there exists a precident; in the 1960's John Lennon and Yoko Ono said 'Give Peace A Chance' and stayed in bed for a week - this simple action (and song) went on to be sung by half a million people during anti-Vietnam War protests in Washinton D.C.

Interesting stuff!

To see them a bit larger, go to Flickr

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