‘Cool Globes’ offers climate change solutions for everyday life

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The Independent Online

A month before world political leaders gather in Copenhagen for the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference, the "Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet" art exhibit takes to the streets of the city. The traveling exhibit, which begins in Copenhagen on November 13, offers suggestions for what ordinary citizens can do to combat global climate change.

Cool Globes is a public art exhibition featuring more than 25 "Cool Globes," each seven feet tall and five feet in diameter and conveying an artist's personal message about climate change. In Copenhagen, the first European city to host the exhibit, the globes - created by world-renowned as well as local Danish artists - will be placed in the public square Kongens Nytorv and at tube stations throughout the city. The exhibit will stay in Copenhagen through December 31, after which five globes will remain on permanent display.

The aim of the Cool Globes project is to encourage individuals, businesses, and governments to adopt solutions against global climate change. The exhibit, which originated in Chicago, has traveled to Washington DC, San Francisco, and Houston, and will continue its tour in 2010 with a visit to Marseilles, France.

For those who won't see the exhibit in person, the project has gathered climate-change tips from around the world on its website.