Birmingham was painted blue, yellow and green this weekend as the MAC was transformed into Brazil by a Samba flash mob. By 11am on Saturday 16th June the entrance to the MAC was abuzz with noise and CAFOD was there making up a large part of the clamour. MAC’s morning had been suddenly filled with vibrant South American music and dancing all in aid of the Rio Connection, marking 20 years since the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
The Samba flash mob was organised by a network of concerned local people to link Birmingham with the International Earth Summit and to campaign for the UK to take a lead role on climate change and sustainable development during the UN talks.
CAFOD, in particular, was there to continue its call on local MPs to show support for the ‘Rio Declaration’, a text which calls for commitments to the UK Climate Act to be upheld whilst international action is taken to help the world’s poorest communities adapt to climate change, invest in clean energy and protect the rainforests.
Abigail McMillan of CAFOD said “CAFOD supporters came out to dance this morning to encourage others to call on their MP to sign our Rio Declaration to ensure that the UK government supports a global green and fair economy which enables millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty. You can do this via www.cafod.org.uk/rio”
The flash mob comes as the first event of a week that will be filled with hundreds of local people organising Rio-themed occasions in support of the UN Conference (16th-22nd June 2012); and the first of many that CAFOD will be there raising their voices for.
The event was organised by the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, uniting anti poverty and environmental charities, and took place on 16 June 2012 at 11:00 at the entrance to The Mac Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B13 8RD