Artist champions environment law

One of the UK's most highly acclaimed landscape artists is raising the stakes on climate change by donating the proceeds from the sale of two of his paintings to Friends of the Earth (FoE).

A new exhibition at Messum's Fine Art Gallery in London will feature a series of land and seascapes featuring Cornish lighthouses by Kurt Jackson, who said he supported FoE's call for a strong climate change law to be passed by the Government. "Friends of the Earth has successfully led the campaign for a climate change bill, which is now before Parliament," he said.

"The Bill is vital for our environmental heritage. But it needs to be strengthened if it is to protect our landscapes from the dangers of climate change."

Jackson, whose clients include celebrities and who lives in a low-carbon home, said: "Painting is my way of expressing concern for the planet. If I can use art to get across the message, I feel I am making a difference."

Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth, said: "By donating the proceeds from the sale of two of his landscapes Kurt is a true champion of the environment."

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