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COP21: Eco activists Brandalism launch Paris ad takeover

  • 29 November 2015
  • From the section Europe
A poster reading "The Bronze age - 3200 BC to 600 BC; The Oil age - 1859-2015" Image copyright Brandalism
Image caption The artworks were placed in advertising spaces owned by JC Decaux, one of the talks' sponsors

More than 600 artworks critiquing corporate sponsors of the UN summit on climate change have been installed in advertising spaces across Paris.

The Brandalism campaign said it was behind the unauthorised artworks.

It said in a statement the aim was to "highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change".

The action comes as demonstrations take place around the world to demand action to stop climate change.

Prominent corporate sponsors of the talks have been targeted by the posters, which say that they are "part of the problem".

Image copyright Brandalism
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Image caption This poster mocks Volkswagen, who recently admitted manipulating emissions tests results
Image copyright Brandalism

Several others feature world leaders, nearly 150 of whom are due to attend the Paris talks.

Image copyright Brandalism
Image caption David Cameron was portrayed sporting Formula 1 gear
Image copyright Brandalism
Image caption A poster featuring French President Francois Hollande reads "State of emergency"
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Image caption Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also featured
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Image caption UK Chancellor George Osborne did not escape criticism either
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Image caption US President Barack Obama was shown in a poster criticising oil pollution

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