One of Our first moves, was this press release launched through local media channels and FaceBook:

Stand up, Durban Knights

As the world faces the triple crises of climate, economics and governance, COP17 descends on Durban, and the eyes of the world will focus on us. This represents an unparalleled opportunity to highlight the local and global struggle for climate justice through international media.As leaders negotiate,  business plots and the people protest, artists can play a powerful role in informing, inspiring and influencing hearts and minds, and affecting the process.From Madrid to New York, Tunis to Athens, Cairo to Cochabamba, London to Durban people are taking back power and finding solutions that place people and the Mother Nature before profits and greed. As we fight extraction, destruction and apathy, our weapons rely on the innovative creativity of occupation, protest and activism,  giving our solutions are a voice. In Durban, that voice should be loud, colourful, vibrant and filled with rich African flavour.This is a callout to all artists, creative workers and cultural activists to channel creativity in all forms to call for fairness and justice. For cooperation and unity. For clean air, clear water and healthy food, workplaces and communities. To be part of the protest against colluding governments elites and greedy corporations. Join us in unifying our creative energies with climate justice struggles. Through the art of peaceful protest- song, dance, music, film, poetry and pictures, we can shape an equitable and ecologically just future.Be part of the DurbanKnights, a local collective specific to the artistic response to climate justice at COP17.

The next move was initiated from one of the elders of the Durban artivist community:

Ewok makes his move

Beware the self paralysis that has you trying to make one move that will mean never having to make another move again, the desire for a clear path or an obvious switch that will make it all cool and hunky dory and utopian, the desire born from a culture of instant gratification where we want our solutions to come nicely wrapped, salty and sweet and satisfying, real value for our time (money), beware this self paralysis that has us numb and neutralized when facing the bigger picture, unsure of what move to make when there are so many moves to make so we end up not moving at all, paralysed by the overwhelming analysis of it all that has us judging the motives and movements of others in an effort to justify our own lack of motion, beware the self paralysis that penetrates our potential for action and atrophies our energies.

Every single move counts, the small ones and the big ones. Size is immaterial and only of our own construct. Your minor movement might be major to me, so make a move, any move, and lets motivate more motion.

“Every little bit counts…”
Shout it when you are swinging from a crane, sing it when you are picking up a piece of litter, think it when you are smiling to yourself while the world watches.

Battle the paralysis.
Make a move, for yourself, for us all.

Your move…


Quickly and efficiently, again more than likely due to the strong local creative networks the JungleCrew utilised, the creative community in Durban became galvanized around the ‘DurbanKnights’ collective, producing many actions and the accompanying media dissemination.

Using both the JungleHouse Space, as well as the modular ‘Collective’ artspace, we held regular RoundTable creative/strategy sessions. The visiting activists and creative energy helped to galvanize a notoriously slack Durban createive scene and facilitated many fresh and original concepts and media.

RoundTable creative sessions at 'artspace' module #cop17

RoundTable creative sessions at ‘artspace’ module #cop17

The JungleCrew was very well equipped and dedicated to direct-action (+ media dissemination) and formed a seperate creative unit that eventually became known as ‘The Corporate Clowns’


The idea was born out of the official COP17 logo, which we altered to look like a jesters hat. This led quickly to us producing (thanks to Steve), this logo jam, which became a rallying point during the conference, actions and the Global Day of Action

The Logo Jam


Here are some of the outputs we achieved with the first JungleCrew and the DurbanKnights Collective

Catch  more comprehensive listing HERE

The theme song created in and for the moment

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