California's "Project Bandaloop" Sky Dances for an End to the Fossil Fuel Era Photos Available from Reuters Photo TV Footage Available from Reuters Television

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Buenos Aires - Last evening, thousands of people watched as sky dancers from California presented "Awakening", a multi-media spectacle of dance and imagery while suspended from the 6-story Law School building outside of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. The dancers called on the world leaders gathered at the conference to awaken to the dangers of climate change and end exploration for new fossil fuels. The emissions from fossil fuels are the principle cause of global warming which is destabilizing the planet's climate.

Awakening included video projection, music, lights and spoken word to accompany the dance performance. Images of the Earth and the climate crisis set a powerful backdrop to the performance, which drew an estimated crowd of 3,000.

Project Bandaloop is a vertical dance troupe created in 1991. Bandaloop members are among the world's most skilled rock climbers and have held public performances at the World Fair in Portugal, the Seattle Space Needle, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park as well as in Brazil and Canada. Earth Action Artists produced the event with sponsorship from the City of Buenos Aires as well as many environmental organizations. Bradford Reed of Blueskyz produced the video projection show and Shannon Michael Terry of Los Angeles composed the original music for the show. Awakening was co-produced by Atossa Soltani and John Quigley.

Through this creative performance, artists and environmentalists joined together to deliver the urgent plea for strong action on stopping climate change, beginning with the end of new exploration for fossil fuels the world cannot afford to burn.

"Awakening is all about the courage of the human spirit that will be necessary to stop climate change and phase out fossil fuels" said Atossa Soltani of Los-Angeles based Amazon Watch. "We're here today to tell industry and government leaders that the transition to clean energy needs to begin now, and that the first step is to stop spending billions of dollars looking for more oil every year".

Awakening is only one of a series of events at the Climate Convention that has emphasized the urgent need for a clean energy transition and an end to new exploration for fossil fuels. The Convention continues on through this week.

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