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Naked flashmob for 350

2009-10-26 13:42
 
Please note: This video contains nudity

Some brave boys had driven 60km from Stellenbosch to be here, were willing and ready to publically strip and run around naked together to highlight an important issue – the unacceptably high levels of carbon emissions worldwide, which have pushed the number of parts per million of C02 in our atmosphere well above the safe limit. All it it took was a couple of tequilas, apparently, and on that subject I'd like it known how much I now deeply regret not going to university in a small town.

Protesters stripped down to a bit of body paint (none of it covering anything of interest) and chanted a plea to President Zuma to sign a (proposed) binding worldwide agreement to cut emissions. Some might say this has nothing to do with carbon emissions, but I say the more entertaining the protest, the more likely it is that people will pay some attention. Marie Claire's yearly naked campaign makes the headlines every year. And seriously: what could be more amusing than cute people without clothes on? Nothing, that's what!

So I rolled up with some cameras (in my gas-guzzling SUV, admittedly) and shot this video, as well as a few of much more family-friendly photographs, which you can check out in this News24 Soundslides photo-feature of the protest actions around South Africa.

Or watch the video. Warning! This clip contains full-frontal nudity, but it's all for a great cause and the lighting's very um... tasteful.
Naked flashmob for 350 in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

As one protest said in their artwork made of sand, "There is No Planet B". So sign up to make a difference on the 350 website, www.350.org. Or just go look at more photos taken in over 180 countries, of over 350 protests – they're amazing and inspiring. And there's new stuff pouring in from all over the planet. Follow with the latest pictures and commentary on twitter.com/350 

It was a balmy Saturday night, with just enough of a breeze to provoke the odd nipple stand as dozens of gorgeous young protesters gathered in a parking lot on the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town.

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