Can real people live underwater?
On Sunday we left the comfort of our hotel and the chaos of the Cancunmesse and the Moon Palace to free dive 30ft into ocean and send out a powerful message about the threats of sea level rise caused by climate change. At 9:00am we boarded the ship and headed out to Islas Mujeres, where the artist and photographer Jason Taylor recently submerged 400 statues as a tourist attraction. But on this day, these statues didn’t serve as a tourist attraction, but rather were invaded by 350.org, Greenpeace and TckTckTck allies’ volunteers to send out a clear message that real people cannot live underwater. This picture shows what it would be like to live underwater: cold, blue, and not for long.
The experience was as satisfying as it was challenging. It was a great way of relating to the 100 million people that will be affected by sea level rise if negotiators don’t agree on a fair, ambitious and legally binding climate treaty at the COP16 in Cancún. As a citizen of Dominican Republic, I thought about our eroding beaches and bleaching corals, and I felt so happy to have taken part in the underwater action because I believe that in doing so we are conveying a message of urgency through art that is much more different than science but equally important.
To see the whole set of photos, visit our friend and allies' gallery at Greenpeace.