Marking 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The common English phrase ‘Here today, gone tomorrow’ stands for all that is fleeting, transient, short-lived and soon to be extinct in our world. Sadly, this also applies to the challenge many species of plants and animals are currently facing.
This November in London, the international contemporary art exhibition Here Today… explores the current state of our environment through diverse perspectives and media: painting, installation, wallpaper, sound, video, dance, music, sculpture and photography. It also presents possible solutions for the future through a multi-sensory, interactive and powerful experience of today’s most powerful and evocative art, experiences and ideas.
With over 50 internationally-celebrated artists and emerging thinkers, Here Today… dares to challenge common perceptions, and empowers visitors to instigate massive change through a programme of events, talks and workshops inspired by this monumental exhibition. The exhibition will tour globally to keep spreading the word.
By shaking off our learned habits, could we change the outcome? What if we could start saying ‘Here today, Here tomorrow!’ Change begins with one thought, one idea and an ambitious inspiring vision – could your next idea be a game-changer? We invite and encourage visitors to step out of their areas of comfort to explore the possibilities.
Here Today.. is in support of the IUCN Red List, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The IUCN Red List has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. The IUCN aims to increase the number of species assessed from the current 74,000 to 160,000 by 2020.
Here Today… takes on the challenge of raising awareness of today’s most pressing environmental issues, and seeks to raise funds to keep the hundreds of species facing extinction here tomorrow and beyond.
Here Today… is curated by Artwise and supported by Baku Magazine.
Exhibition Dates: November 25th – 17th December 2014 Admission: Free for all ages Opening Times: Monday - Wednesday 11am – 7pm Thursday 11am – 8pm Friday 11am – 8pm Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm Location: The Sorting Office (21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1A)Email us
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation.
Founded in 1948, conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. The IUCN demonstrates how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security.
Throughout 2014 the IUCN is celebrating the significant contribution of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ in guiding conservation action and policy decisions over the past 50 years. The IUCN Red List is an invaluable conservation resource, a health check for our planet – a Barometer of Life.
The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. Far more than a list of species and their status, The IUCN Red List is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information on population size and trends, geographic range and habitat needs of species.
The IUCN Red List is used by government agencies, wildlife departments, conservation-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs), natural resource planners, educational organizations, and many others interested in reversing, or at least halting the decline in biodiversity.
Many species groups including mammals, amphibians, birds, reef building corals and conifers have been comprehensively assessed. However, there is much more to be done and increased investment is urgently needed to build The IUCN Red List into a more complete ‘Barometer of Life’. To do this, we need to increase the number of species assessed from the current count of more than 73,600 to at least 160,000 by 2020, improving the taxonomic coverage and thus providing a stronger base to enable better conservation and policy decisions.
25th November to 17th December 2014
The Old Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1
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