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Indian Performance Poet Calls for Urgent Climate Action in ‘Portrait of a Silver Lining’

CEEW-SEI release video in the run up to Stockholm+50 and World Environment Day

New Delhi, 30 May 2022: The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) today released ‘Portrait of a Silver Lining’ – a performance poetry music video featuring a young Indian poet, Simar Singh. In the video, Simar urges nations and citizens across the global north and south to join hands and take bold climate actions to heal our planet, our home. The video has been released in the run-up to the World Environment Day and Stockholm+50, a global environmental meeting organised to commemorate the first-ever conference of the United Nations on Human Environment in 1972. 

‘Portrait of a Silver Lining’ is an artistic interpretation of an SEI-CEEW report ‘Stockholm+50: Unlocking a Better Future’ that was released earlier this month. The report synthesises up-to-date scientific evidence and analyses interlinked human and environmental crises. It also makes bold recommendations to improve the conditions for change through better policy coherence, strengthened accountability, and renewed multilateralism. 

Simar Singh, said, “To be asked to interpret a critical SEI-CEEW report, at a watershed moment in our history, in my own way, was many things. An honour. A challenge. And an opportunity to be part of a truly global effort to heal the planet. Seeing how well the video has been received by people across the world has been humbling. I hope that this video truly serves as a wake-up call to redefine our relationship with nature and invest in a better future for all beings in the world.” 

Mihir Shah, Strategic Communications Lead, CEEW, said, “Stockholm+50 is an opportunity for us to collectively reflect on the environmental actions and inactions taken over the last fifty years and reiterate the urgency to act now to avert a planetary crisis. This video, conceptualised and produced by CEEW, provides a message of hope and urges viewers to help heal nature and build a world where all get prosperity.”

Watch the video on CEEW’s YouTube channel here.

Contact: Riddhima Sethi (CEEW), [email protected]; Mihir Shah (CEEW), [email protected]