Last night marked the beginning of the much-anticipated climate change talks in Paris, France, where 140 world leaders are expected to take part and to come up with viable solutions for today’s environmental issues. The Paris’ Climate Change Summit turned the Eiffel Tour into a living forest to signal the beginning of the official talks.
Climate Change is everyone’s responsibility, not just world leaders’ and this is what artist Naziha Mestaoui had in mind when she developed her “1 Heart 1 Tree” program. The artistic show was held on Sunday evening in Paris during the opening ceremony of the Climate Change Summit.
Paris inhabitants watched the Eiffel Tour turn forest green under their very own eyes. Thanks to 3D mappings techniques, the artist enables smartphone users to project their own tree on the virtual Eiffel Tour forest.
The tree would have the same heartbeat as its real life creator. The name of the creator, his/her heartbeat and a special messages will then be projected through 3D mapping on the Eiffel Tour. So far, 49266 trees have been created, according to the official website of the organization.
The program doesn’t stop here as real-life measures are necessary to help the environment. The good news is that these virtual trees will be planted on special sites later on. A smartphone app can be used to track the real-life growth of the trees, as well as the places where they will be located. According to the creators of the program, most trees will be planted in 2016, in Australia, Senegal, India, Peru, France, Brazil and on the Ivory Coast.
Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General praised the artist’s initiative. The program is an effective method of getting as many people as possible involved in reforestation programs. Smartphone technology could make the initiative more appealing to the younger categories, who need to become aware of the importance of climate protection.
The virtual show will be displayed until December 4, halfway through the World Climate Change Conference, which will last until December 11th. Participants hope discussions will inspire world leaders to find a universally valid program for climate protection.
The conference has benefitted of much attention on behalf of many public figures. Pope Francis, too, released an encyclical called Laudato si’ to explain world leaders why their agreement on climate affairs is important.
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