The world’s media is once again camped out in Paris, this time to monitor the annual COP international conference on climate change. Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and around 150 other heads of state have descended to discuss emissions targets.
But it is not the politicians who have got people talking: it’s an anti-corporate guerrilla poster campaign.
Over 600 posters sprung up on the city’s advertising billboards during the night ahead of the conference. Official looking mock-ups featured politicians and major brands appearing to endorse anti-environmental and dishonest practises.
The posters were placed on boards owned by JCDecaux, one of the climate summit’s many major corporate sponsors. Other sponsors, such as VW, were targeted by the campaign, alongside the likes of our own David Cameron and George Osborne.
It is a massive publicity coup for Brandalism, a French environmental activism group which has claimed credit for the campaign. A statement suggests that the 600 posters were created by 80 artists from 19 countries. “By sponsoring the climate talks,” one representative of the group said, “major polluters can promote themselves as part of the solution when actually they are part of the problem.”
We couldn’t possibly comment – but we do know that the artwork is worth taking a look at. Here are some of the best.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, with fossil fuel power station hair.
A mock ad for AirFrance.
British prime minister David Cameron not getting serious about climate change.
This mock up ad shows a stylish post-apocalyptic landscape.
This is not an advert for oil company Mobil.
What is it with these guys and power station hairstyles?
In the wake of the emissions scandal, VW in particular comes in for a lot of flak from Brandalism.
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All image credits: Brandalism
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