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Reduce Speed Now: Earth Day 2019 at Somerset House

American artist and environmental activist Justin Brice Guariglia presents his largest scale installation to date, REDUCE SPEED NOW!, formed of nine large solar-powered LED signs usually seen on motorways.

In this new project commissioned by Somerset House, Guariglia brings together the critical voices of international activists, poets and philosophers to address the ecological crisis as a catalyst for social and political change.

Contributors include the 16-year-old Swedish political activist, Greta Thunberg, whose protests over the past year have since mobilised students across the world and recently inspired thousands of young people across the UK to protest against political inaction on climate change. Her speech sits alongside the voices of global indigenous elders, whose lives are deeply connected to nature and the preservation of ancient human wisdom. Another sign displays the poem Rise: From One Island to Another by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna, from the Marshall Islands and Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) respectively. The islanders’ poem demonstrates the interdependency of the world and forms a call for action to city dwellers in the face of an environmental crisis.

Find out more here.

16 April 2019 - 28 April 2019

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