Climate change is global-scale violence, against places and species as well as against human beings. Once we call it by name, we can start having a real conversation about our priorities and values. Because the revolt against brutality begins with a revolt against the language that hides that brutality. Rebecca Solnit: Call climate change what it is: violence, The Guardian

Green light workshop at the Venice Biennale has an exciting program this upcoming weekend with artistic workshops and guest speakers Nira Yuval-Davis and Charl Landvreugd as part of the project's Shared Learning program.

Even a tiny Q tip has an enormous effect on life. This heartbreaking photo reveals a troubling reality. The onslaught of marine plastic waste is a slow-motion catastrophe. Marine plastic debris is a real threat to our health. We have seen results of research showing that fish and shellfish from many parts of the world consumed plastic and micro plastic. According to the UN, Indonesia, by the end 2025, will reduce 70% of its plastic debris from 2017. This weekend at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin TBA21 is hosting Fishing for Islands. Throughout the weekend, performative interventions and artists’ installations will open up new perspectives on traditional and mythological dimensions of the oceans, as well as on infrastructure and migration. Photo: Justin Hofman

Some of the politics that we see now in Europe and on the other side of the globe, which can be called autochthonic politics, are different from other extreme-right politics. One of the interesting things is that many of these autochthonic political organizations take pride in telling us that they are not racist. Indeed, rather than using notions of “race,” as earlier forms of racist ideology did during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, these movements construct racialized boundaries that differentiate people according to those who belong and those who do not, using a wide variety of boundary signifiers, including origin, religious affiliation, and citizenship status. Autochthonic politics are thus very elastic. The only common message is, “We were here before you, and therefore we belong and you do not!”

Nira Yuval-Davis, visiting Professor and Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London

In depth perspectives on the Green light project, produced by TBA21 and published by Sternberg Press with contributions by Atif Akin, Anas Aljajeh, Tarek Atoui, Tawab Baran, Ian Cion, Angela Dimitrakaki, Olafur Eliasson, Paul Feigelfeld, Francesca von Habsburg, Timothy Morton, Sandra Noeth, Ahmet Ögüt, Boris Ondreička, Johannes Porsch, Clemens Rettenbacher, Andreas Roepstorff, David Rych, Rasha Salti, Georg Schöllhammer, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Anahita Tabrizi, Alison Weaver, Franziska Sophie Wildförster, Nira Yuval-Davis, Daniela Zyman, and Green light participants

Artist Benjamin Skop in collaboration with the studio team experimenting with lasers and fog to extend the movements of the body into a kind of moving architecture. More on

On 6 November, COP23 opens in Bonn. Germany has ambitious plans to convert to renewable energy sources, yet it remains largely dependent on heavily polluting coal for generating electricity, with hundreds of open-pit lignite mines across the country. The phase-out of coal is a major area of contention in the current coalition talks between the winners of the recent German election, with the Green party pitted against the conservative CDU/CSU and the pro-business FDP. This weekend, on the occasion of COP23, is launching an action targeting Europe’s biggest single source of CO2, the Rhineland coalfields, demanding Germany commit to a rapid phase-out of coal

Festival of Future Nows, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2017

The making of a sphere

Bloomberg's new European headquarters in London, designed by Norman Foster, including an artwork by Eliasson, sets new standards for sustainable office buildings. Amoung innovative features is the roof where rainwater is captured, treated and recycled for the toilets. Overall the building's water conservation systems will save 25 million liters of water each year.

Join Olafur, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith and many more for the Pathway to Paris concert 5th of November at Carnegie Hall, NYC. Pathway to Paris is a dynamic collaboration between musicians, artists, sustainability consultants, cities and activists to highlight solutions to climate change, and to help turn the Paris Agreement into real action. This clip of Stipe reading Song of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson is from the last concert in NYC, 2016

Improvisation 2, Benjamin Skop in collaboration with Studio Olafur Eliasson, 2017

Tree of Codes premieres tonight at Melbourne Festival
Watch Olafur Eliasson and Wayne McGregor discuss the collaboration in The Creators Project video – A Look Behind ‘Tree of Codes’

Sourdough bread in the making by our friends Anna and Sam Luntley, the founders of bakery47 – a community space and bakery in Glasgow. Our studio kitchen is the first stop on their journey to visit and learn from other food-creating communities in Europe, the US, India, Sri Lanka, and Iceland. Travelling with them is sourdough from Scotland, to be shared with other makers and bakers along the way.

Hinged view and Four deep ocean zones (watercolour and glacial ice)
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery at Frieze, London

Arctic Imagination: Minik Rosing, Prof. in geology, in conversation with Olafur Eliasson, New York City Library. Watch their conversation here:

In response to the natural disasters that have been taking place in our world, and the multitude of messages we have received from the Little Sun community, we have decided to take action. We are collecting donations to send portable solar powered lamps and phone chargers to people affected by disaster. Your contribution helps us keep a running stock available for those affected by these disasters and power outages, and helps us instantly respond to future emergencies. Donate now: US / EU

Hassna and her family do not have any access to energy. Due to living close to the equator, the sun sets around 6 pm year round. After the sun sets, Hassna’s family lives in pure darkness. Their only source of light is a small kerosene lamp or a sparse fireplace. Hassna and her family experience energy poverty. According to World Bank, 1.1 billion people worldwide are affected.

The Agenda 2030 was determined by the UN in New York in September 2015. It is a milestone for the future of our planet, specifying a sustainable transformation plan for the global economy, social life, and environment. And this plan has a direct impact on Hassna and her family. The Agenda 2030 defines 17 goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and among these goals lies Goal 7: the prevalence of affordable and clean energy. By 2030, all people on this planet should have access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. There has never been such an ambitious goal before, and maintaining a sustainable energy supply globally is a complex task.

Since Hassna and her family do not have access to energy, they cannot read, work or do their homework after sunset. Kerosene lamps and fireplaces as sources of light do not provide enough light to see or work easily. This has an impact on school performance. The probability of dropping out of school without a qualification is quite high. Since Hassna and her family do not have access to clean energy, they are forced to use their kerosene lamp and their fireplace. The smoke and fumes from both are very harmful for the eyes and can cause eye and lung diseases.

Since Hassna’s home has no connection to a power supply, her family has to spend a lot of money for kerosene or on batteries for flashlights. In addition, they also need to pay for transportation to a shop to buy kerosene. Although Hassna is attending school, she doesn’t have access to the quality of education that others in the world may have access to, and doesn’t learn about the harmful effects of kerosene since her community relies on it. Due to the lack of awareness, Hassna and her family cannot improve their living conditions.
Learn more about Little Sun's work with the SDGs

Festival of Future Nows, Robert Lippok, What Is Dance? Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.