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Photography Carmen Freudenthal and Elle Verhagen

Björk calls on world leaders to reach climate change deal

The Icelandic star and a host of other world famous creatives have signed an open letter demanding a deal be reached to stop global warming

On November 30, the world’s leaders will gather in Paris in an attempt to thrash out compromise regarding climate change – that elephant in the room that’s getting bigger and bigger. Some already believe that we’re staring extinction in the face, many argue that we aren’t doing enough to ensure a safe world for future generations.

To that end, some of the world’s most prominent creative thinkers have signed an open letter calling on powerful politicians to reach a deal in Paris that’s "ambitious" and "inspiring". Björk, David Bowie and Damon Albarn are just a few of over 300 creatives to have signed the letter that says:

"The creative community – design, advertising, broadcasting, publishing, film, gaming, fashion, literature, music, the performing and visual arts, galleries and museums – can make a unique contribution to the global sustainability challenge. We are deeply concerned that our global economic and industrial systems are accelerating rates of extinction, desertification and soil depletion, degrading ecosystems, acidifying and littering our rivers and oceans."

This past month, Björk has been on the campaign trail, having also recently hit out at plans to build power plants and dams in her home country that will harm nature and wildlife. The UN climate summit, one of the largest meetings of world leaders ever organised, begins next week and lasts for nearly a fortnight.