Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot has launched the smoking statue to pillory the selfish feeling of 'Freedom To Pollute' that the rich countries, with the USA in the lead, manifested at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. She was unveiled in Copenhagen on August 26th, 2002, the opening day, and was spilling out smoke from her torch throughout the Summit.
She has since become the icon of a continued campaign for sustainable development and has toured around Denmark and Germany pointing at the lack of responsibility for global sustainable development shown by the USA in particular and the rest of the rich world in general.
Posters and postcards of the icon have spread all over the world, mailed by the Danish 92 Group, a coalition of 19 NGO's. The website, www.freedomtopollute.com has been visited by thousands of people and the press has shown great interest in the smoking icon and the message it carries.
|2002: Freedom to Pollute - a Comment to the World Summit, Johannesburg|