Virginie Kypriotis’ animated video for Foals inspires people to rise up against climate change

French animator Virginie Kypriotis has created a video for new Foal’s track Like Lightening, which aims to inspire people to rise up and fight climate change. Following a yeti-like protagonist called George, the video presents his journey from outrage at news footage of the dying planet to his role starting a global movement. It launches today (22 November).

Set in a world of rampant consumerism, the film, which has been produced by Code, shows a city choked with exhaust fumes and social media-addicted inhabitants and references news stories from the past year. Breaking free from his cage, George begins to run across the city, starting a mass protest against ecological disaster.

“Climate change has always been treated as a charity cause,” Kypriotis tells It’s Nice That. “The message has always been the same, be nice, give money to an organisation, recycle and don’t use plastic bags and hope that things change, but I think that now people are getting smart about it and its becoming more and more alarming that a more angry message is necessary.”

“The song is quite angry and our idea was to invent something to embody that anger,” she continues. “What makes us angry is that now more than ever believing in Climate change defines peoples political identity, rather than something you just should just know and believe. This stupidness in the world was the main inspiration for the project. So rather than a message that is 100% sad we wanted it to be like a funny mirror on the world as we see it.”

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