To kick off this week’s United Nations Climate Summit, hundreds gathered outside United Nations Headquarters to watch a special event on Saturday evening, 20 September, called illUmiNations: Protecting our Planet. The facades of the United Nations General Assemblyand Secretariat buildings were lit up with spectacular projections streaming images depicting the impact of climate change along with solutions.
With the goal of inspiring global citizens to call on their leaders to take climate action, the projections were organized by the United Nations Department of Public information in partnership with Oceanic Preservation Society and Obscura Digital.
The projections included portraits of animals that are on the verge of extinction, as well as imagery depicting the impact of global warming on oceans and lands of planet earth. “There’s no bigger billboard on the planet,” said Academy Award-winning producer Fisher Stevens, producer of the projections.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “These exceptional projections being shown at the United Nations will help draw attention to the need to make climate action a reality in every community and every society. Now is the time to take decisive action.”
- The Climate Summit message, writ large