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A Look At Marrakech's COP22 Must-See Projects

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Marrakech this year hosts the Conference of the Parties from November 7th to 18th, during which time the city will welcome an expected 30,000 visitors from around the world during the climate change conference. On opening day, a life-sized reproduction of a whale trapped under a pile of rocks was unveiled to raise awareness of the protection of our oceans and the impact of climate change. But events will be taking place across town, and to simplify the planning process, we’ve selected a few of the projects and exhibitions we are most looking forward to during this 12-day conference.

Sculpture garden by Mahi Binebine

Located at the end of Avenue Mohamed V in Marrakech, Moroccan artist Mahi Binebine has curated a collection of 15 sculptures by Moroccan and Moroccan-based artists to create a sculpture garden combining art and ecology. The sculptures, fully funded by business, touch on ecological themes with contributing artists including Mohamed Melehi, Fatiha Zemmouri and Mahi Binebine himself. While the garden is opening during COP22, it will remain open to the public in the heart of the city.

#biennale de Marrakech

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Urban garden at Café Clock

Together with landscape gardener Livia Kolb and a group of local youths, Café Clock will create an urban garden on their rooftop terrace in the heart of the Kasbah in the Marrakech medina. With a focus on Moroccan medicinal and culinary herbs, the fruits of their labor will be used in their on-site Clock Kitchen cooking school. The café hopes to instill a sense that all inner city areas, however small, can sustain plant life and hugely help the well-being of urban dwellers. The Schneider Electric Foundation will provide solar lamps for the rooftop garden.

Tindouf Gallery

In honor of COP22, Galerie Tindouf will present Hans Silvester: Passion Esthetique et Ecologique, a photo exhibition by one of the world’s leading ecological photographers. His works clearly display the devastation caused by climate change, as well as the people affected by these changes, often tribal people. An absolute must-see when it opens on November 12th.

Hans Silvester. Destruction of the Amazon forest #cop22 #galerietindouf

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Hot, Sour and Breathless exhibition by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory

The colorful Hot, Sour & Breathless exhibition and associated guide (www.oceanunderstress.com) highlight the global concern of the impacts of these triple stressors upon marine life, ecosystems and human well-being. Additionally, this exhibition focuses on just some of the pressures facing the ocean today and the importance of the ocean in relation to climate change. The ocean is absorbing over 90 per cent of the heat from climate change causing it to warm and lose oxygen; it has already absorbed 28 per cent of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels, causing the ocean to become more acidic. This trio of trouble will alter marine ecosystems and all the wonderful things they provide if we do not urgently reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. These benefits include food and income from fisheries and aquaculture, land protection from storms, and jobs and income from tourism. This will be the eighth United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP that the Plymouth Marine Laboratory has attended, and policy makers are becoming more aware of the key role of the ocean in the survival of life on Earth and in climate change.

Source: Plymouth Marine Lab
Source: Plymouth Marine Lab

The role of farmers in implementing the Paris Agreement

Evelyn Nguleka (World Farmers Organization), Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), IFA Representatives and representatives from international organizations on animal health and trade will discuss farming’s role in meeting the world’s food security and nutritional needs and will contribute to the delivery of the COP21 Agreement. Opportunities to improve productivity and enhance sequestration, alongside building resilience and maintaining production will be identified during this hour-and-a-half discussion at 11.30AM on Wednesday, November 9th.

On-farm renewables: How the world’s farmers can address climate change and support food security

Don McCabe from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, along with farmers from developing and other developed countries and speakers from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Imperial College and international funding organization will discuss the possibilities and practicalities of delivering and enhancing food security through transforming the world’s energy systems. Discussion of renewable energy potential, co-benefits and trade-offs especially around land use, and exploration of funding options, alongside real-life experiences of farmers will be discussed during this hour-and-a-half seminar on Wednesday, November 9th at 3PM.

How engaging youth actions are integral to implementing the Paris Agreement and climate justice

Stories about tangible solutions for a just and sustainable world showcasing daily action of youths at the local level will be discussed during this hour-and-a-half-long seminar on Thursday, November 10th at 11.30AM. Attendees will discover together the methodological tools to design and evolve practical actions together. Expect an interactive discussion including story sharing, games, and art.