Thursday, October 8, 2015

Poster child

The World Wildlife Fund, one of the "Big Ten" environmental groups, has sponsored a poster competition for the UN Climate Conference, scheduled for Paris this December.

The caption directly translated reads, "To change everything, we have need of everyone," or in slightly better English, "To change everything, we need everyone." This is a very direct reference to Naomi Klein's recent book, This Changes Everything, which is interesting to me, considering that historically the WWF was never quite as radical as Klein's book is.

All this might be a good kick-off for the discussion of the history and background of the environmental movement that we'll begin next week in EII. 

The original for the poster is a classic revolutionary painting, considered a French national treasure, titled Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple). The allegorical French female Liberté, also sometimes called Marianne, is of course "Lady Liberty" in the United States.

The new, and very obviously millennial version of Liberté has a skateboard and headset. 

Really? Isn't that rather a distraction from the revolutionary mission?

Just saying. 

La liberté guidant le peuple by Eugène Delacroix

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