Artists Project Earth
“A better world through music and the arts.”
The imagination is a powerful tool: artists can use it to show others the world as they see it, and to bring others into their dream of what the world could be. – David R Becker
The imagination plays a vital role in shaping our response to climate change and other pressing societal concerns. It is our imagination that creates the future: much of what we see today was previously conceived in the human imagination, and so how our future unfolds is very much shaped by our current thoughts and dreams.
To paraphrase Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same mindset that created them,” and so it is the imaginative response of artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers ‘thinking outside the box’ that will help to resolve the crises we face today.
To that end, and in collaboration with international musicians such as Coldplay, U2, Bob Dylan, Gorillaz, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Green Day, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Rolling Stones and many others, Artists Project Earth (APE) has produced three fundraising albums to date: Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba, RDM: Classics and last year’s album, RDM: Revival – with a fourth album being released in the autumn of 2011.
Profits from sales of the albums have supported over 270 projects all around the world that are helping to mitigate, adapt to and raise awareness of, climate change: from Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, to Liberate Tate; from Voices For Our Planet, to the Plane Stupid organization whose direct action has helped to derail the proposed third runway at Heathrow airport; from a Special Award for the global Transition Towns movement which is paving the way towards sustainable development from the grassroots up, to the COPART collaborations in South Africa which are working to bring community-based arts and theatre into the climate change debate at COP17 in Cape Town. To date, APE has supported over 270 projects globally. See www.apeuk.org/projects
The imagination will be key to bringing about a more just and sustainable world. We believe that a better world is possible and APE aims to play a small part in bringing that to fruition – and as we believe that “everybody is a special kind of artist” you can play your own unique role in creating the future too!
Lorna Howarth, Development Director of Artists Project Earth. www.apeuk.org