Best Artistic Response

in association with Tesco

WINNER: Red Redemption – Fate of the World

The computer game Fate of the World requires you to manage the earth’s food, water, energy and forests, while dealing with a growing population and threats from floods and extreme weather. Red Redemption raised £1 million for this follow-up to their BBC Climate Challenge. Their team has producers, writers and composers whose previous credits include James Bond and Dr Who. Released in February 2011, the game’s scenario spans the next two centuries and puts all of our futures in your hands. It uses the latest scientific data and the team included Oxford University climate scientist Myles Allen. The New York Times said “While ‘Fate of the World’ arms you with environmental data and renewable energy policies rather than grenades and rocket launchers, the result is still compelling”.

Marcus Vergette – Time and Tide Bell

Devon artist Marcus Vergette is ringing out a poignant warning on climate change with a permanent installation of 12 giant bells at high tide points around the UK. Rung by the waves, Vergette’s seven foot-high bronze bells will strike more often as climate change raises sea levels, and their pitch changes as they become submerged. The first was installed in Appledore, Devon in 2009 with others now in the Outer Hebrides and London. The project connects the traditional use of bells for celebration and loss with modern environmental concerns. It also links communities around the country, with each creating a poetic inscription of their bell’s significance.

Metis Arts – 3rd Ring Out: Rehearsing the Future (commissioned by TippingPoint)

It’s 2033. Shortages of water, food and electricity have sparked civil unrest and there is a heatwave. Cambridge theatre group Metis takes us into the future in a metal shipping container kitted out as an emergency command and control bunker. Inspired by Cold War exercises in which thousands of British volunteers practiced for nuclear apocalypse, 3rd Ring Out examines how modern Brits might have to face climate change. The audience, seated around a conference table, vote on tough decisions at key points. The project toured from May to July 2010, using local maps and issues to make performances specific to each town or city it visited.

The Bush Theatre – The Contingency Plan by Steve Waters

The Contingency Plan double bill explores the private and public cost of climate change. The two plays, family drama On the Beach and political satire Resilience, opened at The Bush Theatre, London in May 2009. They present an England in the near future facing catastrophic flooding. With Bristol sunk and the east coast under threat, glaciologist Will Paxton’s predictions of further rises in sea levels cause uproar amongst his family as well as for a newly elected Conservative government. The Daily Telegraph described it as “a stunning theatrical knockout”. The Guardian said of it: “for sheer emotional intensity has no rival on the London stage”.