The London Ice Bear ( http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/tackling_climate_change/the_london_ice_bear.cfm) has been attracting the attention of passers by in Trafalgar Square since friday the 11th of December. WWF (who are backing the ice bear) state, on their web page, that "everyone is invited to touch the ice sculpture. Artist Mark Coreth hopes that by touching this sculpture audiences can become sculptors themselves and make a direct connection with the bear and its icy Arctic kingdom, now under threat from man-made climate change."
Here at Climate Camp, we took this statement rather literally. Though, obviously, we felt the need to direct the focus away from the rather sweeping statement of "man made" climate change and give it a shove towards the more fitting statement of corperate funded climate chaos.
At around 4pm on Wednesday the 15th of december, Campaigners took a banner stating "This isn't just climate change, this is RBS funded climate chaos" and a kettle full of hot water (also branded with the RBS symbol) to the ice bear and proceeded to melt the bear with the 'hot water of capitalism'.
Artist and sculptor Mark Coreth was more than please to see his project "interacted" with in this way.