Greenpeace takes a stand against climate change inaction with an angry Santa inside an Ash Globe

With bushfires continuing to ravage the country and dominate headlines, Greenpeace is sending a message to the powers that be by taking a festive icon and subverting it to reflect the current state of Australia.

Together with The Works, Greenpeace has taken the traditional Christmas snow globe and replaced the white powder with dirty black ash. An angry Santa sits inside with a sign saying “It’s beginning to look a lot like climate change”.

The traditional snow globe has been subverted to represent the current state of Australia

Created to highlight the reluctance of political leaders to take action on climate change, the Ash Globes will be sent to climate change blockers and activists. The production of the globes is carbon offset.

Guy Patrick, creative director at The Works, said: “It’s Christmas and it’s snowing in Sydney, snowing ash from fires that rage across the country. And while bushfires are relatively normal, the extremity of these are not. Look out your window, climate change is here.

“Our leaders won’t listen to scientists, tens of thousands of protesting school children, or even the overwhelming majority of Australians. Maybe, just maybe, a tubby middle-aged white man can get through to our leaders?

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I got a hilarious / depressing package from @greenpeaceap today – a “snow” globe made made with ash from the NSW bushfires. It is actually snowing ash in parts of Sydney today. @ScottMorrisonMP #wherethebloodyhellareya #theashglobe Global warming will continue to increase the frequency and severity of catastrophic events like this. Australia, with its wealth, its highly educated population and its proud history of scientific innovation should be a global leader in sustainability. We should be inspiring other countries with technology, policy & progress. Instead, we are a global embarrassment, with one of the highest per-capita emissions rates & one of the poorest recent records on climate action. @ScottMorrisonMP: this is the issue upon which you will be judged. Please stop tooling around with trying to codify religious privilege, learn some science, and declare a climate emergency. You are missing your moment. And Merry Christmas. ??

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“Partnering with Greenpeace we subverted the pristine innocence of a Christmas snowdome. Instead of a rosy-cheeked Santa in a snowy wonderland he is surrounded by ash collected from the recent fires. The globes are small but pack a punch that will hopefully cut through any apathy towards the state of our planet.”

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It’s times like this, at the end of our trip around the sun, we must reflect upon the year. ? Once again, the World Meteorological Organisation has recorded record breaking weather conditions on a global scale. We see this especially in Sydney with our fires starting earlier and being more extreme. ? This end of year celebration calls for us to do something. Let us start with calling upon our leaders (shoutout to Scomo @scottmorrisonmp), and urge them to declare a Climate Crisis. ? Instead of allowing our nation to be calm, let everyone understand the consequences of our consumerist actions. Let everyone take action, similarly to how Cape Town, South Africa pulled it together once DAY ZERO (where they would run out of clean water) was declared. ?? We can do this and so can you! Sign the petition! Link here and in bio ? #theashglobe #noplanetb #climatechange #wherethebloodyhellareyou @greenpeaceap

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Alongside the Ash Globes, Greenpeace is urging Australians to sign an open letter to the federal government, demanding they declare a climate emergency.

The launch of the Ash Globe is being supported by PR and social media.


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