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On-stage images from the CLIMATE JUSTICE RALLY CONCERT held at Durban's King's Park stadium on Sunday, 27 November 2011.

Staged by religious groups, and alternating between music and speeches the event provided a platform for several Talking Heads ranging from musicians and activists through to environmental campaigners and religious leaders. And all of them spoke or sang with passionate relevance.

One of the most colourful of the Talking Heads, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said:"We have only one home. This is the only home we have. And whether you are rich or poor, this is your only home... you are members of one family, the human race."

Christiana Figueres (Executive Secretary for the UNFCCC), Lewis Pugh (the 'human polar bear' who spent more than 18 minutes swimming a mile in the North Pole ), Mary Robinson (Ireland's first, though not current, female president) and Sister Jayanti were some of the high-profile guests who took the time to address the crowd ahead of COP 17, which begins on Monday, 28 November 2011 and ends on Friday, 9 December 2011. COP 17 (the 17th Conference of the Parties) to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) is hosted by the city of Durban.

Here's hoping that everything eventually boils down to a genuine commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

That's a whole lot better than allowing things to boil over. Image notes: Christiana in white, Mary in orange, Lewis in a white shirt and Sister Jayanti in a sari.