Our planet is in trouble. We’ve all known it for a long time, but it’s only very recently that we seem to be generating a response to the ever-worsening reality that our time here will be decidedly finite, unless we act now. To that end, tonight sees Dazed founder Jefferson Hack host the Parley Talks, broadcasted live from COP21 in Paris, alongside Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans.
Parley for the Oceans is an organisation that aims to be a “space for creators, leaders and thinkers to come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction.”
The oceans make up seventy per cent of this planet and are consequently the world’s most vital ecosystems, but irrespective of their importance they are in real trouble – some scientists estimate that by 2048 all commercial fisheries will be gone. Earlier this year, Parley created the initiative "Oceans. Climate. Life" along with the United Nations and also collaborated with Adidas on a shoe made entirely from yarns and filaments salvaged from the seas.
Speaking to Dazed, Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch says, “There’s a lot of talk, but there’s very little action. This is no longer a question of what we’re doing to our planet. We're destroying it. What matters now is what we’re going to do about it. We need to stop the waiting game and start acting. Every other breath we take comes from life in the sea. It is imperative that we finally and firmly respond to that message.
“Art can be the most powerful weapon for a cause. The artist is at the core of the Parley movement, because he communicates at all levels, between social layers and across cultural divisions. I believe we can solve most of today’s problems with imagination, collaboration and innovation. The creative industries are the best positioned for all three. Artists, musicians, scientists, activists, politicians, environmentalists and major brands have to work together if we’re going to solve this mess”.
Tonight, Parley For The Oceans is in Paris for the #COP21 climate talks. Aside from Jefferson Hack and Cyrill Gutsch, confirmed participants include Vivienne Westwood, Florian Schneider, Tomas Sarceno, plus more. You can watch the talks in the link below, as this creative collective seeks to find a way to save the blue universe that supports us.