ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE

We hope you enjoy your time in the Forest for Change. If you need any assistance, please do ask one of the staff. They will be wearing Global Goals t-shirts which have a large multicoloured wheel on the front of them.

CONTENTS

1. The A Frame
This is a board outside the forest in the courtyard of Somerset House, it has information on it about the Forest for Change and the people who made it possible.

2. The Entrance Information Sign
At the entrance to the forest there is a large sign with information on it about the Forest for Change and the Global Goals.

3. Hanging Facts
Around the Forest small signs are located hanging from the trees with different facts on them relating to the Global Goals.

4. The Central Clearing
In the central clearing of the Forest there are 17 large plinths to match the number of Global Goals there are. On each plinth there is a fact and a quote relevant to the Goal it is representing. The 17th plinth is interactive and one of the staff there can help you record a message about what your Goals are. The recording will become part of our project ‘Voices for Change’.

The A Frame

Forest for Change – The Global Goals Pavilion

Welcome to a journey of discovery. At the heart of this forest of 400 trees are the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a plan agreed by world leaders to end extreme poverty, conquer inequality, and fix the climate crisis by 2030.

Forest for Change has been created by designer Es Devlin in collaboration with Project Everyone to raise awareness of the 17 Global Goals. Every tree in the forest will be replanted in London, creating a living legacy that will help make our air cleaner and our lives greener. Enjoy wandering through the forest, taking time to reflect, escaping the busyness of daily life and contemplating how we can build a better world together.

“When I was first shown around Somerset House many years ago, I discovered that the Enlightenment principles on which the building was conceived, specifically forbade the introduction of trees into the courtyard. The first thing we wanted to do when considering this year’s Biennale was to counter this attitude of human dominance over nature, by allowing a forest to overtake the entire courtyard” says Es Devlin. “The UN Global Goals offer us clear ways to engage and alter our behaviour and it is our hope that an interaction with the Goals in the forest will be transformative."


Artist: Es Devlin

Executive Producers: Richard Curtis, Kate Garvey and Rachel Waldron

Co-Creators and Global Goals Lead: Project Everyone

Landscape Designers: Philip Jaffa, Fahmi Ardi (Scape Design)

Bird Song Soundscape: Brian Eno, Cheryl Tipp and the British Library Board

Pavilion Music: Robert M Thomas

Singers : Daisy Chute, Lydia Clowes

Associate Designer: Jack Headford (Es Devlin Studio)

Production Team: Angus Cunningham, Darren Bosworth (Scotscape)

Principle Contractor: Jez Clarke, Jez Gooden (Beautiful Wonder)

Lighting design and luminaires: John Cullen Lighting

Sound Supplier: Andrew Hedges (Autograph Sound)

Structural Engineers: Neil Thomas, Christopher Matthews (Atelier One)

17th Pillar Executive Producer: Hannah Cameron

17th Pillar Interactive Creative Director: Tom Seymour

17th Pillar Production & Installation: Artists & Engineers, Olaya de Marcos, William Young, Francis Redman, Elise Plans

Supported by: Google.org, Salesforce

Material Partner: Amorim

Additional supporters: Pangaia, Google Arts and Culture, Bloomberg Philanthropies


We are committed to making your visit to Forest for Change as accessible and enjoyable as possible. Please scan this QR code for more information or if you need assistance, ask anyone wearing a GOAL t-shirt.

The Entrance Information Sign

WELCOME TO

Forest for Change

The Global Goals Pavilion

Forests are places of transformation. As you enter this forest, we invite you to embark on your own journey of discovery. At the heart of this experience are the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development- a world changing plan adopted by 193 countries in 2015 to end extreme poverty, conquer inequality, and fix the climate crisis by 2030. But too few people know about these 17 powerful Goals and the blueprint they offer for a better, fairer, greener world.
The Global Goals are unique – they are universal, indivisible and promise to leave no-one behind. They cover all the critical issues of our time and recognise they can only be addressed together; that ending poverty can’t be done without fair economic growth, that providing health, education, jobs and prosperity for everyone must be done alongside tackling climate change and protecting our planet.
These are your Goals – signed up to by your leaders with a shared commitment to building a better world for everyone. As the Covid pandemic threatens to roll back decades of progress, the Goals must be our collective to-do list for people and for planet and we must act together to achieve them.
We have a once in a generation opportunity to redesign our future.

As you come to the end of your journey through Forest for Change, we’ll invite you to ‘Talk to the 17th Pillar’ and share the change you want to see in the world.
Your message will become part of ‘Voices for Change’ a project bringing together the voices and passions of people across the world in support of the United Nations Global Goals and their promise of a better world.
We hope that you’ll leave Forest for Change inspired and determined to take action to shape our world for the better. Enjoy the wonderful exhibitions and designs and let’s get things done in 2021.
We have designs on the future of our world.

Hanging Facts

The below facts are scattered throughout the forest on signs attached to the trees.

Varigated Norway Maple
Acer platanoides ‘Drummondii’
Psst... did you know the CO2 absorbed by an acre of forest in one year is twice as much as the amount a car produces?

Variagted Norway Maple
Acer platanoides ‘Drummondii’
In 2019, enough food to fill 23 million fully loaded large trucks went into bins. Imagine how many people you could feed with that much food.

Golden Norway Maple
Acer platanoides ‘Princetown Gold’
78% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by 20 of the world’s largest economies.

Golden Norway Maple
Acer platanoides ‘Princetown Gold’
2020 was more than 1.2°C hotter than the average year in the 19th century.

Weir Maple
Acer saccharinum f. laciniatum ‘Laciniatum Wieri’
The Earth is getting warmer, so warm that in June 2020 the temperature in eastern Siberia reached 38°C, the hottest ever recorded within the Arctic Circle.

Weir Maple
Acer saccharinum f. laciniatum ‘Laciniatum Wieri’
Since 1990, we’ve lost 178 million hectares of forest, that’s seven times the size of the UK.

Italian Alder
Alnus cordata
Want to hear something interesting? One young, healthy tree cools the air down as much as 10 air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Italian Alder
Alnus cordata
A healthy planet means healthy people. Trees help reduce pollution, which means they also help reduce asthma.

Downey Birch (multi-stemmed)
Betula pubescens
Psst... did you know protecting forests means protecting the 1.6 billion people who depend on them for a living?

Downey Birch (multi-stemmed)
Betula pubescens
Did you know that 1 million plants and animals are at risk of extinction? Let’s not lose them.

Silver Birch (multi-stemmed)
Betula pendula
Check this out: forests like this are home to almost half the species on land.

Silver Birch (multi-stemmed)
Betula pendula
Over 80% of animals, plants and insects on land live in forests.

Young’s weeping birch
Betula pendula ‘Youngii’
Since 1990, the world’s carbon emissions have increased by almost 50%.

Young’s weeping birch
Betula pendula ‘Youngii’
Global temperatures could rise by 3.2°C by the end of the century... if we don’t do something about it today.

Hornbeam ‘Fastigiata’
Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’
Here’s a fact for you: the fashion industry’s yearly carbon footprint is the same quantity as France, Germany and the UK’s combined.

Hornbeam ‘Fastigiata’
Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’
Here’s some good news: over 60 countries have introduced bans and taxes on plastic packaging and single-use waste.

Common Hazel
Corylus avellana
Forests can help reduce flooding. A mature tree can intercept more than 4,000 gallons of rainwater each year.

Common Hazel
Corylus avellana
150 million trees like these are logged and turned into fabric every year. That’s 7 times the length of the Earth’s equator.

Red Filbert
Corylus avellana ‘Rotblättrige Zellernuss’
In 2018, nearly 40 million people were affected by natural disasters. Tackling climate change means preventing more natural disasters and protecting lives.

Red Filbert
Corylus avellana ‘Rotblättrige Zellernuss’
Here’s another interesting fact: forests cover over 4 billion hectares... that’s more than 30% of the Earth’s land.

Common Walnut
Juglans regia
Shh... listen to the beautiful birdsong around you. Did you know that there are around 18,000 different species of birds worldwide?

Common Walnut
Juglans regia
74% of people living in poverty are directly affected by land degradation. Losing these precious resources impacts the environment and livelihoods.

Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Psst... did you know that there are an estimated 3 trillion trees on Earth?

Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Palm oil is one of the main causes of deforestation. It’s destroying the homes of endangered species like the Orangutan.

Scots Pine
Pinus sylvestris
Isn’t this peaceful? Studies show that visiting forests can reduce stress and make us happier. So let’s have more forests!

Scots Pine
Pinus sylvestris
Birds - like the ones you hear now - help pollinate around 5% of the plants we use for food or medicine.

Double Gean Cherry
Prunus avium ‘Plena’
Did you know that nearly 59 million hectares of forests have regrown since 2000? That’s the size of France! Let’s keep regenerating our forests.

Double Gean Cherry
Prunus avium ‘Plena’
Over half of the Earth’s forests have been destroyed in the last 10,000 years. We can reverse this!

Thornless False Acacia
Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Bessoniana’
Did you know… 1.5 million hectares of additional woodland are needed to help reach net zero carbon in the UK.

Change is possible.

Thornless False Acacia
Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Bessoniana’
Having trees by our roads reduces indoor pollution by more than 50%.

Cut leaved mountain ash
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Asplenifolia’
Did you know… rainforests are natural air filters?

Cut leaved mountain ash
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Asplenifolia’
One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.

White Willow
Salix alba ‘Liempde’
Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.

White Willow
Salix alba ‘Liempde’
We all have a role to play in stopping the climate crisis.

What will you do?

Small leafed Lime ‘Green Spire’
Tilia cordata ‘Green Spire’
Forests protect us by giving us the air we breathe. Now it’s our turn to protect them.

Small leafed Lime ‘Green Spire’
Tilia cordata ‘Green Spire’
Forests help create everyday products like medicines, cosmetics and detergents.

Large leaved Lime
Tilia platyphyllos
Stopping deforestation won’t just save the plant and animal species that call it their home, it will also save us.

Large leaved Lime
Tilia platyphyllos
Trees - just like the ones around you - and forest soil – like the one you’re walking on right now – store our carbon emissions and give us clean air to breathe.

White Poplar ‘Raket’
Populus alba ‘Raket’
Did you know that as of May 2020, the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere is the highest it has been in human history?

But we can change this, together.

White Poplar ‘Raket’
Populus alba ‘Raket’
Trees are the lungs of our planet. We can and we must protect them!

The Central Clearing

Goal 1 – No Poverty

Quote:

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings.

Nelson Mandela

Facts
The battle against extreme poverty has been going downhill for decades.
In a very good way. Since 1990, more than 1 billion people escaped poverty.
Covid has halted this progress and extra action is needed, but we know that real progress is possible.
This will only happen if we tackle the root causes of poverty and leave no-one behind.

Goal 1 is an end to extreme poverty for everyone, everywhere.

Goal 2 – Zero Hunger

Quote:
Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty. An empty stomach is a gaping hole in the heart of a society.
António Guterres

Facts
Children are on the frontlines of hunger.
Food shapes their future - their health, their wealth, their contribution to our world.
But every year, 3 million children die from hunger.
More than 20% of under- fives don’t get the food they need to thrive.
We can change this.

Smarter food production, less waste, support for farmers, prioritising nutrition– a transformation in how we manage and distribute the planet’s food isn’t just possible, it’s a life-saving necessity.

Zero hunger can and must be a reality.

Goal 2 is an end to hunger and malnutrition for good.

Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing

Quote:
Health in all lands is among the indispensable guarantees of human progress.
Helen Keller

Facts
Geography shouldn’t have anything to do with whether you live or die from an illness we already know how to treat.
The response from science to the Covid pandemic has shown what we can do when we work together.
More children now live to see their first birthday than at any time in history – yet more than 1.5 million people worldwide still die from vaccine-preventable diseases every year.
We are incredibly good at finding medical solutions. Brilliant. Innovative. That knowledge needs to serve everyone.

Goal 3 is good quality healthcare for all.

Goal 4 - Quality Education

Quote:
One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.

Malala Yousafzai

Facts
Education is poverty’s greatest enemy – it’s a vaccine against poverty – and here’s the proof:
If everyone finished secondary education, the global poverty rate would be halved.
If a child’s mother can read, the child is:
Twice as likely to live past the age of five,
Twice as likely to be immunised against common diseases,
Twice as likely to attend school themselves.

Goal 4 is a decent education for everyone.

Goal 5 – Gender Equality

Quote:
There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish. – Michelle Obama

Facts
Gender equality has made great strides over recent years – but huge imbalances and injustices still exist:
Just 25% of parliamentarians are women.
1 in 3 women globally still experience violence.
Only ten countries in the world permit women the same legal rights as men.
Women provide at least $10.8 trillion a year of unpaid care work– that’s 3 times the value of the whole tech industry.
Each generation passes on to the next how we view women and girls and their place in the world.
We get to decide what that looks like.
Gender equality has come far – but it has far to go…

Goal 5 is equal representation, equal rights and full power over their own lives for all women and girls.

Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

Quote:
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water - WH Auden

Facts
The number of people with no access to clean water is falling - but way too slowly.
1 in 3 people still don’t have access to safe drinking water.
1 in 4 don’t have a decent toilet of their own.
Washing our hands is one of the key ways to help stop the spread of Covid - for those of us who can, we turn on a tap and reach for the soap.
But for those who can’t, 3 billion people, the consequences have proved to be catastrophic.
Hygiene saves lives. It’s time to clean things up.

Goal 6 is safe drinking water and sanitation for everyone.

Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

Quote:
Solar power, wind power, the way forward is to collaborate with nature -- it's the only way we are going to get to the other end of the 21st century. – Björk

Facts
The amount of energy from the sun that reaches the Earth in a single hour is more than the entire world uses in a year.
Solar energy is already the cheapest source of electricity in history - and it’s only going to get smarter and more efficient.
Affordable and renewable energy for everyone would be a global game changer.

Goal 7 is energy for everyone without destroying our planet.

Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

Quote:
How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity. - Pope Francis

Facts
In 2020, Covid cost workers around the world $3.7 trillion in lost earnings.
In one year, 114 million people lost their jobs
But a green recovery that focuses on investment in renewable energy and green transport, building efficiency and prioritising nature could create 395 million new jobs by 2030.
History shows us that after catastrophe comes opportunity for change.

Goal 8 is an economy that works for people and for planet.

Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Quote:
Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time – Bill Gates

Facts
Innovation has changed the world
From morse code to mobile phones
From antibiotics to vaccines
From fridges to fibre optics
From hydropower to wind turbines.
From no internet to more than half the world online
Business, finance and technology can work brilliantly for everyone and help create a better future
Our best ideas can change the world – let’s make sure they do.

Goal 9 is industry, innovation and infrastructure working for everyone.

Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities

Quote:
The movement for black lives isn't just about black people. Black liberation has never just been about black people. It's been about a fight for our humanity, for our dignity. – Patrisse Cullors

Facts
After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, there were marches and protests across the world. Black Lives Matter was searched worldwide- five times more than the year before. More people searched ‘How to be anti-racist’ than ‘How to become a millionaire’.
Inequality on the grounds of age, race, religion, origin, ethnicity, sex, gender, class, disability and other differences is everywhere and is holding back progress in the world.
The time for hesitation is through – the time for equality is NOW.
It’s up to every single one of us to make that happen.

Goal 10 is reducing inequality within and among countries and equal opportunity for everyone.

Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Quote:
We need to enter a new era to make nature and humans more emotionally connected in modern cities. - Ma Yansong

Facts
The world’s cities occupy just 3% of the Earth’s land – but more than half the people in the world live in them.
Cities contribute more than 80% of the world’s economy – but they also create over 70% of all carbon emissions.
Cities can be great places to live - but 9 out of 10 people in urban areas breathe polluted air.
You’re probably breathing it now.
Making cities and communities sustainable and safe will increase the quality of life for ALL of us and our planet.

Goal 11 is cities with clean air, green spaces, connected communities and good housing.

Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

Quotes:
“We are going to have to live more economically than we do. And we can do that and, I believe we will do it more happily, not less happily. - David Attenborough Facts
If everyone switched to energy efficient light bulbs the world would save $120 billion a year.
If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
In the UK alone half a tonne of clothes ends up in landfill every minute.
Who can help turn this around? Take a look in the mirror. It starts with you.

Goal 12 is learning how to consume less and produce better.

Goal 13 – Climate Action

Quote:
The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change - Greta Thunberg Facts
2020 was one of the hottest years on record.
The last decade was the warmest ever measured on Earth.
The era of climate change denial is over. This is officially an emergency.
The threat to our civilization is not a future projection. It’s happening right now.
We can turn the effects of climate change around – but we need to act URGENTLY.
And we DESPERATELY need our leaders to act FASTER.
Raise your voice for climate action.

Goal 13 is urgent action to combat the climate crisis and its impacts.

Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Quote:
Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea. - Sylvia Earle

Facts
Our oceans are amazing.
They hold 97% of all our water. They produce at least 50% of the oxygen we breathe.
But we’re destroying them.
At least 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year and nearly 90% of fish stocks are used up.
Protecting the oceans is essential to the survival of us all.

Goal 14 is protecting oceans, seas and coasts from pollution, overfishing and acidification.

Goal 15 – Life on Land

Quote:
The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price. That is the problem. - Wangari Maathai

Facts
Our planet is incredible. It’s vital to our lives and livelihoods – our homes, our health, what we eat, the air we breathe.
But it’s at risk and it’s our fault.
1 million plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction.
In the six seconds it takes you to read this, an area of rainforest the size of a football pitch has been lost.
We need to protect our planet and change the way we act right now.
There is no Planet B.

Goal 15 is protecting our land and nurturing our planet’s plants, forests, insects and animals.

Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Quote:
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor – Desmond Tutu Facts
Almost 80 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict or persecution- more than the entire population of the UK.
War is not only still killing tens of thousands of men, women and children every year, it’s one of the biggest causes of poverty in the world.
And it’s man-made. We need our leaders to lead - to work for peace, not war - to welcome refugees - to make laws that support those in most need.
Protecting and creating the strong institutions that uphold peace and justice is every society’s responsibility.

Goal 16 is peace, justice and governments that work for us all.

Plinth 17

What’s Your Goal?

Goal 17 is Partnerships for the Goals. That means everyone has a part to play. Including you.

QR Code

Scan this QR code to talk to the 17th Pillar and share the change you want to see in the world.