Banksy to Peter Kennard, "I take my hat off to you sir"

The Center for Global Agenda thanks Peter Kennard, Professor of Political Art at the Royal College of Art, for submitting his photomontage and expert statement on the intersections of art and sustainable development.
NEW YORK - Aug. 11, 2022 - PRLog -- The Center for Global Agenda (CGA) at Unbuilt Labs is leading the global stakeholder consultation for the Recommended UN Action Plan to Close the Compliance Gap, a publication at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). We would like to thank Peter Kennard for submitting his expert statement on Area 1: Cultural Diplomacy, Theme 2: Art and Design.

Marvin Cheung, Co-Director of CGA, also expresses his thanks, "The overarching goal of our research is to show the methods non-state actors can use to support sustainable development - we make a critical distinction between sustainability and sustainable development: whereas sustainability is often associated with climate issues, sustainable development has an important peace component. Thank you for bringing renewed attention to the role of the private sector, the military-industrial-complex, and the oil and gas industry in climate change through art."

Below is an excerpt of Kennard's statement:

"The empty words issuing from the mouths of government leaders worldwide on the climate crisis continue to be backed up and supported by corporate profit for the good of share prices rather than human beings. The military-industrial complex is eating up the earth, spitting out the poorest people and waging war on them. The countries from which refugees flock have often been destroyed by the rapacious policies and weaponry of the very same countries that are refusing them entry.

Through photomontage I'm trying to turn my outrage into image. In Code Red a recurring image I use and abuse is the beautiful photo of the whole earth taken by the Apollo astronauts in 1972. I cut it up, tear it, pummel it, add industrial chimneys, oil refineries exploding, polluted dust, gas masks, parched earth and floods. But I also show a montage of the earth surrounded by a clock, symbolising climate/nuclear destruction, its hands being pulled back from midnight by climate protesters.

[Climate destruction and military power] are both existentially and physically deeply connected. The U.S military is the largest single consumer of petroleum in the world."

To see Kennard's photomontage and his full statement, please visit our Pressroom visit our Pressroom

We invite everyone to participate in the global stakeholder consultation process. Anyone can now submit a public statement at the Center for Global Agenda (CGA)

Thank you for your support.

Marvin Cheung
Head of Research and Strategy, Unbuilt Labs
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