Climate change, both its causes and its effects, must frame and shape any discussion of “sustainability” today. The profound transformations we must make in order to effectively adapt to a changing climate and build a no-carbon economy will affect every sector, industry, and part of our lives. We do not have a choice about whether or not change will occur, but we do get to choose how we will meet and engage with this moment. The climate crisis could even be seen as an opportunity, what Naomi Klein calls a “civilizational wake up call,” to build a society that works better for all people and the planet.
We will hear from national and local leaders who are using art and creative practice to help their communities transition towards a more just and truly sustainable future.
·Dan Borelli—How art helped Ashland, Massachusetts wake up to its unresolved toxic legacy so that it could heal, demand change, and begin to build a different future.
·Tommy Joshua—How the North Philadelphia Peace Park is building a culture of regeneration and renewal.
·Aviva Kapust—How the Village of Arts and Humanities uses arts and culture as a tool for transforming lives and building healthy, sustainable communities.
·Eve Mosher—How art can help people understand the impact of climate change on their own lives, and the role of the artist in an era of climate crisis.
Continental breakfast and light lunch provided.