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Herd of puppets to trek 20,000km to highlight urgency of climate crisis | Climate crisis

The team behind Little Amal, the puppets that raised awareness about the plight of Europe’s refugee crisis, will be working on their next project, in which a herd of animal puppets will travel 20,000 kilometers to raise awareness about the plight of Europe’s refugee crisis. I hope that this will start a global conversation.

Amir Nizar Zuabi, the Palestinian artist who helped launch the Amal Project, is touring several cities in Africa and Europe, and The Herd, which features dozens of puppets, is about the climate crisis. He said it will be a “soft and beautiful evocation of thinking differently.”

“Climate change is the biggest story facing us right now,” Zuabi said. “It’s often presented in terms of emissions and the Kyoto Accord, and people have a hard time understanding that, but what Amal has done so well and what we’ve done so well in terms of The Hard What we hope to do is approach this problem intuitively.”

The herd will begin its journey to West Africa in the spring of 2025, but the exact timing has not yet been confirmed. The planned route includes Senegal, Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and finally Norway.

The “core” herd contains about 30 dolls representing the animals of the migrating Serengeti, but upon arrival at a new location it swells to dozens of dolls, joined by a “migration” of different animals. Form a herd that can rise. .

“The idea is that we’re moving with an evolving and growing group of animals,” Zuabi says.

Little Amal’s Journey is produced by Walk Productions in collaboration with South Africa’s Handspring, the production company behind the War Horse Theater Show puppetry. For The Hard, The Walk Productions will be collaborating with another South African company. Ukwandamake dolls.

Little Amal walking on Hampstead Heath in London. Photo: David Levin/The Guardian

Little Amal reached an estimated 2 billion people (including online interactions) on her 8,000km journey from Turkey to the UK, turning the 3.5m tall doll of a 9-year-old Syrian girl into a global icon I also met the Pope. . “We want to reach the other 5 billion people with The Herd,” Zuabi said.

The Palestinian artist said he had been warned that coming to the UK “might be difficult” due to the intense political debate over immigration. “But the people of wider Folkestone, Dover and Kent have been generous and turned out in droves. Of course there are always a few who shout loudly,” he said. “But I think if people are given the opportunity to show goodwill, they will do it.”

“It’s a big responsibility, but it’s also a joy, because we represent so many children who don’t have a voice.”

Zuabi says that when she spoke to the refugees she met while walking through Europe with her dolls, they often said that drought and climate change were causing waves of migration, so The Herd was created by Little Amal. I think this is a continuation of the project.

he said: “We just returned from the United States and Mexico, where the migration crisis is driven in large part by the climate crisis due to crop failures and lack of income.”

Starting The Herd in the Global South will draw attention to those most affected by the climate crisis, Zuabi said, adding that Western countries often view the issue through their own myopic filters. I believe that. “For them, it’s not a theory, it’s not a recycling practice,” he says.

Zuabi grew up in Nazareth and created an award-winning play about the aftermath of the Nakba, when Palestinians were expelled from Israel. He said the current conflict needed to be a turning point in the Middle East. “After this atrocity unfolding on the ground, we should hope that we learn something and evolve into better creatures,” he said. “We have to believe that there is some glimmer of hope for a better future for us.

“I think we are going through a terrible time, not just for Palestine and Israel, because this act of violence has revealed deep truths about the world. There will be a lot of soul-searching that will follow. It will be.”

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