April events (Earth day 2020) - cancelled due to COVID 19 - Soho House and Shoreditch House, London
On April the 22nd 1970, around 20 million American citizens (circa 10% of the entire USA population at the time) took to the streets to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. This was the first Earth day. To join the #earthday2020 mass mobilisation and mark the 50th anniversary on the day itself, Lida Hujić was going to host a panel discussion about the recent re-emergence of protest art from the grassroots, with focus on sustainability and climate change, by welcoming to Shoreditch House top notch guests: Clive Russell (Extinction Rebellion), Alex and Jerome (via tech from Australia) co-founders Blank Walls art collective and sustainable fashion-cum-art crusader Dr Noki. To inaugurate the week, the guest for Maverick Mondays was going to be the "Godfather of sustainability" himself, John Elkington, to give an exclusive preview of his new book, fresh of the print press, Green Swans. Alas, it was not be - as life went into lock down. Thank you Jerome, the mystery artist behind this great image, which caused a lot of viral buzz when it was posted anonymously over walls around Shoreditch, right at the time when a voice from the street needed to speak out about climate emergency but there was no art work around as yet.