14 Oct 2009
This is World Rainforest Week. Lucy Dunkerley spent time on the FourthPlinth on Trafalgar Square last week to launch the Rainforest SOScampaign.
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Lucy Dunkerley spent time on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square last week, to launch the Rainforest SOS campaign. This is the final push to send the biggest SOS to world leaders ahead of the Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen.
The campaign has many well known supporters including the Dalai Lama, Olivia Newton-John, Bruce Parry, Rory Bremner, Sting, Harrison Ford and Vivienne Westwood. On the plinth, Lucy Dunkerley called for people to send an SOS and add their names to a giant frog. You can watch the video by clicking here. You can also add your message by visiting the Prince’s Rainforest SOS Campaign site.
During World Rainforest Week, taking place right now — YouTube Raise Your Voice is featuring Rainforest SOS as their campaign of the week. Raise Your Voice encourages people to submit their views on the major environmental questions facing governments, organisations and individuals ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in December. You can find out more by clicking here.
Don’t forget to visit the “Focus on the Rainforest” interactive exhibition at Kew Gardens — running until 6th December 2009. The exhibition displays dramatic images taken by Daniel Beltra, the winner of this year’s PRP Award at the Sony World Photography Awards. The images showcase the best of his trip, fully funded by Sony, to three of the world’s major rainforests. You can also see the exhibition at the Mercy Corps’ Action Center in New York and Hotel de Ville in Paris during October. For more information click here.
Even schools are getting involved, taking on the task of collecting as many Rainforest SOS messages as they can in October.
Adding their voices to the original message from HRH the Prince of Wales are broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, TV presenter, Ben Fogle and explorers, such as David de Rothschild and Penn Haddow. Many other notable environmentalists have been filmed with the campaign’s frog. They feel passionately about rainforests and climate change, so have made a special video to give them the chance to be heard.
Image The Dalai Lama supporting the Rainforest SOS Campaign courtesy of RainforestSOS.org
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