BEYOND

An Art Experience that immerses audiences in underrepresented perspectives on climate change at COP26.

By United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

ActionAid International / Planetary Collective / Space for Art Foundation / UNICEF

BEYOND is an Art Experience that brings underrepresented perspectives on climate change to COP26 and, in turn, transports audiences directly to the places where you can be immersed in these perspectives.

Note: As this exhibition is intended to be viewed in Virtual Reality, images may appear slightly blurred.

Overview (2013) by Planetary CollectiveUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

The Big Picture

The Overview Effect is the realisation that there are no distant events that don’t affect us, as we all share responsibility to care for our fragile home. Planetary Collective presents a short film of astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside.

Youth Vision For Earth

BEYOND is a planetary community global art project from the Space for Art Foundation, immersing audiences in the visions of young people from every country, whose artwork is printed onto a Spacesuit. BEYOND is a Spaceship Earth ambassador, representing the interconnectivity between personal and planetary health.

Unity Spacesuit (2017) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Young people play a lead role in bringing the climate crisis to new audiences, breaking down apathy and inspiring hope. ActionAid, UNICEF and partners work with youth movements and children’s rights platforms globally to ensure young people participate in decision-making forums.

Global Climate Strikes (2019) by Brandon WuUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

ARTivism is for young activists to communicate, winning hearts and minds via culture. With graffiti, illustrations, and dance, youths spread messages on health, hope and a vision of the future through creative art. Here are some of their international artworks and visions: 

Amanda, Costa Rica, 17 years old (2021) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“We need to take action on climate change because we only have one Earth and it is our duty to maintain it for future generations.” 

Amanda, Costa Rica, 17 years old 

A'bena, Ghana, 25 years old (2021)United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

"Women have proven to be leading the way towards more equitable and sustainable solutions to climate change. A world where there is gender justice is a world where there is climate justice and this is the world we can call home."  


A'bena x IB DaVinci, Ghana, 25 years old 

Afnan, Libya, 18 years old (2021) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“Yearning for a...difference is the epitome of this painting. The young woman depicted represents...young people who believe in the coexistence of dark and light—change that comes with climate disasters, and are ready to fight...to attain it.” 

Afnan, Libya, 18 years old

Ibz'Art, Senegal, 24 years old (2021) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

"This work denounces...climate injustice because each year 20 million people are forced to move due to climatic disasters...cyclones, floods or drought. Others share a solution for the rich to show solidarity with the poor for a better world.’"

IBz'Art, Senegal, 24 years old 

Mohima, Bangladesh, 13 years old (2021) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“Smoke from the mills is mixing with the air and causing air pollution. Deforestation is destroying forests. Excessive temperature is causing the soil to crack. As the trees shrink, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air increases."

Mohima, Bangladesh, 13 years old

Izadeen, Iraq, 19 years old (2021) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

“Our planet is like the flower, pure and beautiful, and this is how we should perceive it. With love and care, we can make it bloom again. The planet earth is a gift that we’re blessed with, and it is our duty to protect it.” 

Izadeen, Iraq, 19 years old 

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