We Are Watching – that’s Doncaster's message to world leaders ahead of COP26

Doncaster’s Mayor, Ros Jones and Ed Miliband, MP, were joined by businesses and young people in an event to celebrate the monumental flag that has been flown in the town ahead of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow.

The flag, featuring a striking image of a giant eye comprising of thousands of digital portraits, contributed by people from 190 countries across the globe, is the work of artivist, Dan Acher, sending the message We Are Watching.

We Are Watching was presented in Doncaster by Cast and supported by HIRD GROUP. The flag was flown at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October.

Deborah Rees, director at Cast, who are responsible for bringing the flag to Doncaster, said: “It was great to see so many people, from different walks of life, join together today to celebrate this extraordinary artwork and reinforce the important message it sends.

“The 10-storey high flag has been seen far and wide across the town and has been designed to send a clear message to world leaders with the power to affect decisions about climate change that the eyes of the world are upon them.”

Dan’s globally participative work first flew at Madrid’s COP25 UN Climate Change Conference. Its ongoing mission is to take the eyes of the world around the globe,

Doncaster is one stop on the way to COP26.

Ed Miliband MP said: “The power of us all coming together can have an impact on the climate emergency. We need to put pressure on world leaders to do more and to ask them what they are going to do to protect this generation and future generations.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros said: “The eyes of the world will be on the UK in a few weeks when COP26 takes place in Glasgow. We are proud to host Dan Acher’s We Are Watching flag here in Doncaster.

“People, place and planet have never been more important, and it is great to see so many young people here today who will be part of the solution.”

Global Streets is funded by Arts Council England and managed by FESTIVAL.ORG.

For further information visit www.castindoncaster.com

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