The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) will take place in Dubai, UAE between 30 November and 12 December 2023. Five Turkish artists Mehmet Sinan Kuran, Günsu Saraçoğlu, Fatma Kadir, Selva Özelli and İlhan Sayın with their exhibition titled “The Future of Power”; They will express their messages through art at this important conference.
The COP28 Global Resilience Partnership Hub will feature an art exhibition titled “The Future of Power” by award-winning environmental artists whose work has been cataloged by the United Nations. This art exhibition will express the Global Resilience Partnership Hub's vision of resilience, within the boundaries of the entire planet, supporting sustainable development in an inclusive world in harmony with nature, better prepared to cope with shocks, better prepared to adapt to change and transformation.
Artist Mehmet Sinan Kuran; “We need to understand something now. We do not own this world. We are guests. We are no different from an antelope or a lizard. As guests, we must respect this magnificent planet. We must live elegantly. By trying to be beneficial to our environment. By sharing. Good days are certain to come. “The change has begun.”
Artist Günsu Saraçoğlu; “Climate change is having a significant impact on wildfires around the world if the Paris Agreement is not adhered to. Total wildfire emissions for 2023 are estimated to be almost 410 megatonnes. Boreal forests in regions around the world are experiencing the worst wildfires in recorded history in 2023, new research shows.”
Artist Fatma Kadir; “Climate change affects human and animal health everywhere on the planet, from the quality of the air we breathe to the water we drink to the places that provide us shelter. Unfortunately, children and young people face disproportionate risks and impacts as the generation that will inherit a harsher planet on which to live without taking responsibility for contributing to the problem.“
Artist Selva Özelli, who is also the author of the book “Sustainably Investing in Digital Assets Globally”; “The ocean produces 50 percent of the oxygen we need, absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and captures 90 percent of the excess heat produced by emissions. “We need to protect and manage our oceans, Wetland biodiversity hotspots and natural carbon sinks.” He expresses his messages at the conference with his words.
Artist İlhan Sayın; ”Our Earth's climate and biodiversity are inextricably linked. “Climate change creates serious pressures and risks on the food, agriculture and water systems that ensure human well-being.”