The Future, the BFT and the free runners draw a line across dangerous energy
A nuclear plant funded by Russia but built where Belarus meets the EU. 25 free runners beginning their sprint at London’s Stock Exchange and ending hanging from the outer beams of the Millennium Bridge. The Belarus Free Theatre company performing extracts from their latest production: Red Forest. A circle drawn around the eye.
On Saturday these elements met on the Millennium Bridge in London – actors, freerunners and tourists all wearing the eye – passed one another a red line of fabric and covered the bridge.
The Belarussians were drawing a red line between the future they want and the planned construction of the Ostraviets nuclear plant.
We were making London stop; inviting people to think about future sources of energy and to consider where they might draw their red line.
Governments from around the world are scrabbling in the wake of energy companies. They are making promises to drill and to burn – and their promises are a threat to the future.
As we crossed the Millennium Bridge, painting red lines around the eyes of strangers – explaining to them why the fight for clean energy in Belarussia is a fight that all of us must fight – the red line and the red fabric connected us:
We are connected. We unite with a circle drawn around our eye to fight for our future.
We are the watchers. We judge the powerful when they do not act to protect the future from climate change.
We are the creators. We refuse to be victims. We create our own world.