Taiwanese artist’s ‘animal refugees’ attend climate conference

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/04/08
By: Elaine Hou

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) A group of “animal refugees” are in Sweden to “attend”

Photo courtesy of the Sigtuna Foundation

Photo courtesy of the Sigtuna Foundation

an ongoing climate conference by taking their place in the latest art installation by Taiwanese artist Vincent J.F. Huang (黃瑞芳) to highlight climate change.

More than 30 polar bears and penguins, which represent the first animal victims of global warming, are being displayed on a lake near the venue of a Climate Existence conference taking place from Wednesday to Friday in Sigtuna, not far from the capital Stockholm.

With Europe already mired in a human refugee crisis, the presence of animal refugees aims to raise awareness of the crisis facing them amid global climate change, said Huang, who is attending the conference.

“Polar bears and penguins, wearing life vests, arrived in waters near Stockholm on a chunk of floating ice, a metaphor that refugees not only come from wars,” Huang told CNA via email.     [FULL  STORY]

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