Making heads turn, cap in hand or head in sand

Famous for its surf and beaches, Bondi Australia
Australia's famed Bondi Beach, was home to climate change protesters in mid November 2014

 It’s strange, but hardly surprising. When it comes to pushing a message to the masses, state governments stop at nothing – from amending laws and passing regulations to either giving incentives or penalising those who don’t abide by them. 

Making heads turn, UN Climate Summit

When it comes to making the governments heard, however, the public tries tirelessly to get itself heard. More often than not, they fail.

Surfers and holidayers at Bondi beach

As a result, people look at innovative ways to get noticed and heard by other populations, the media and, ultimately, the policymakers and the powers that be. 

Over 400 Australians protested climate change at Bondi Beach

Unfortunately, climate change and getting state governments to proactively pursue sustainable growth and not sacrifice the environment for the same is something that is being shouted out from the rooftops. It’s not just the environmentalists and so-called tree-huggers who are doing it. From celebrities to scientists to the common man, there are millions out there asking governments to take notice and react accordingly.

These Australians got the publics attention to protest against climate change

A perfect example of this was seen this November at Bondi Beach in Australia, where more than 400 protestors stuck their heads in the sand, reflecting their government’s reluctance to place climate change on the agenda of the G20 Summit. 

By 2030 many coastal cities will be flooded or under sea water

People from across sections of the society – students, young mothers, executives – dug holes in the beach and stuck their heads in them, to connote the so-called ostrich syndrome, where the bird is said to bury its head in sand to address danger. 

Drown but deny climate change leaders

What also caught the public eye internationally year, and which shames leaders on their lackadaisical stand on climate change is installation artist Isaac Cordal’s “Follow the leaders” series in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. 

Take a look, sit up and do something.


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