While President Obama and the leaders of more than 150 nations are meeting in Paris for the U.N. Climate Conference, the U.K.-based guerrilla art collective Brandalism has plastered the French capital with more than 600 fake ads "critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks," targeting the companies sponsoring the talks.
"Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the 'Brandalism' project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change," the group said in a statement.
The spoof ads targeting AirFrance, Volkswagen, Dow Chemicals and others were created by more than 80 artists from 19 countries across the world, including some who were featured in Banksy's Dismaland exhibit this summer. "By sponsoring the climate talks, major polluters such as Air France and GDF-Suez-Engie can promote themselves as part of the solution - when actually they are part of the problem," said Brandalism's Joe Elan.
In addition to taking on the sponsors, some of the posters are encouraging people to take part in the "Climate Games," described as "the world's largest disobedient adventure game."
They've got the whole world in their hands.
Sorry, Not Sorry
The Climate Games
We all lose if we don't fight.
They Knew All Along
Fossil fuels have always been bad.
It's called priorities, people.
Clean, Or Maybe Not
Pretending is fun.
Climate Change Stinks
Swimming With Poison
Even the president can't take a refreshing dip.
This Is Your Brain On Gas
Fuel for thought for UK Chancellor George Osborne.
Primate Change Now
Not The Wash You Want
For when you pretend to do a good thing by doing a bad thing.
History Is A Lie
Time for a change.
The Mona Lisa Would Not Approve
Get big oil out of culture.