Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin: Important role of art and media to raise awareness about climate issues

Some artistic projects had been submitted in the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects

Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High Level Champion for Egypt and UN Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, confirmed the important role of art and media in raising awareness about climate issues.

His remarks came during his participation in a session about the role of art in addressing climate change on the first day of COP27, with the participation of Dr Hala El Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Randa Fouad, World Art Forum President.

Mohieldin said that 49% of Earth habitants don’t see that climate change represents a crisis that needs an instant cure, adding that art easily reaches all people and helps raising their awareness which is the important role of art in regards to climate change.

“The majority of the developing countries people doesn’t care about climate issues despite being the most effected, this demonstrates the vital role of art in raising climate change awareness.” Mohieldin explained.

He said that addressing climate change requires three elements which are sufficient finance, scientific and technological solutions, and thoughts and behaviors changing, adding that art and media are the most capable of changing thoughts and behaviors.

Mohieldin noted to the quote of the British thinker John Austin in which he said that nations write their biographies in 3 books which are book of deeds, book of words, and book of art, saying that any discipline in any field towards climate action and development is important.

The climate champion said that the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects witnessed the submission of more than 6200 projects including some projects that are artistic, digitalized and eco-friendly, adding that he asked to translate a drawing book for children about environment and climate from Spanish to Arabic to raise awareness of Arab children about climate crisis.