The Fragile Art of Nature

The logo and slogan for COP 10 to be held in Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October 2010.
The logo and slogan for COP 10 to be held in Nagoya, Japan, 18-29 October 2010.

Last week, Japan launched the logo for the International Year of Biodiversity (2010) and the Convention of Biological Diversity’s (CBD) 2010 meeting in Nagoya (COP10).

If you have been following CI’s recent activities, the concept behind the logo may seem familiar – it depicts a harmonious circle of animal, plant and human origami figures. (see left)

Through the ancient Japanese art, the logo reflects the beauty and fragility of biodiversity, as well as the importance of maintaining harmony in the natural world. The depiction of an adult and a child illustrates the need to protect species and ecosystems for future generations.

This logo is a poignant example of how a small symbol or design can be so much more than just a pretty picture; in this case, it is a call-to-action for people around the world to protect our fragile environment while we still can.

Learn more in the COP 10 summit press release from the CBD (PDF)

See how CI used origami to send a message about forest protection during Climate Week 2009 below!

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