BONN / COP23 BIOMIMIC TREE

07-Nov-2017 00:02:50
British artist Silas Birtwistle unveiled his Biomimic Tree at the United Nations' Climate Summit (UNFCCC COP23) in Bonn, Germany, to draw attention to the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries. IFAD
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STORY: BONN / COP23 BIOMIMIC TREE
TRT: 2:50
SOURCE: IFAD
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE

DATELINE: 4 – 6 NOVEMBER 2017, BONN, GERMANY
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior, entrance COP23
2. Various shots, Silas Birtwistle and assistants assembling the Biomimic tree
3. Close up, Silas Birtwistle
4. Tilt up, Biomimic tree being assembled
5. Various shots, artist assembling a brunch
6. Close Up artist hands
7. Various shots, Biomimic tree coming alive with water running through plastic fruits
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Silas Birtwistle, Sculptor:
“The thing about climate change is that the balance in nature is ever so slight tipping and changing and this tree is a constant and it won’t change and so it’s a sort of a comment on climate change in that way but also in the sense that it is an artificial ecosystem.”
9. Various shots, ‘plastic fruits’ with running water
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Brian Thompson, Environment and Climate Change, Senior Communications and Advocacy Specialist, IFAD:
“The biomimic tree that Silas has produced with IFAD is all about the balance of nature. What we are trying to say here at COP23 in Bonn is that farmers needs to balance nature and they need to farm sustainably and if we do that we can help fight climate change and help farmers adapt to climate change.”
11. Wide shot, people taking pictures of the Biomimic tree
12. Various shots, Biomimic tree
13. Tilt up, Biomimic tree
14. Various shots, people taking pictures.
15. Vox pop:
“Today whatever they are negotiating, they have to negotiate thinking about how we manage our waste and how best we can be more sustainable with the rest of resources earth provides. So my message to them is that action starts now, lets not waste it!”
16. Time lapse Biomimic tree assemble
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British artist Silas Birtwistle unveiled his Biomimic Tree at the United Nations' Climate Summit (UNFCCC COP23) in Bonn, Germany, to draw attention to the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries.

Sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a UN agency that is helping smallholder farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change, the installation uses recycled plastic to depict a tree which only fully comes alive when water runs through it.

“It’s certainly representative of life, even though it’s an artificial ecosystem,” said Silas Birtwistle. “The thing about climate change is that the balance in nature is ever so slight tipping and changing and this tree is a constant and it won’t change and so it’s a comment on climate change in that way - but also in the sense that it is an artificial ecosystem.”

This sculpture highlights the dependence of all living things on a functioning healthy ecosystem. The tree provides food and a home to animals and birds. It also offers shelter from wind and shade from sun, allowing crops to thrive and feed families. Trees also stop topsoil erosion in arid areas and can act as extremely effective carbon sinks.

“The biomimic tree that Silas has produced with IFAD is all about the balance of nature. What we are trying to say here at COP 23 in Bonn is that farmers needs to balance nature and they need to farm sustainably and if we do that we can help fight climate change and help farmers adapt to climate change,” said Brian Thompson, IFAD’s Environment and Climate Change Advocacy Specialist.

And the tree is having a strong impact on the people who view it.

A person said, “Today whatever they are negotiating, they have to negotiate thinking about how we manage our waste and how best we can be more sustainable with the rest of the resources that the earth provides. So my message to them is that action starts now, lets not waste it!”
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