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Are you already a climate activist? Or would you like to become a climate activist but you're not sure where to start? This research guide provides a list of information resources and local organizations helpful to climate activists in the Eugene area.
"Today, interesting artistic work about climate change is popping up all over the world, in all kinds of venues. It shows up in opera houses and hip hop poetry slams, in established galleries and on-the-fly exhibitions, in off-Broadway houses and regional theatres. The goal of this blog is to track these works and gather them in one place. It is both a study of what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject."
"Many of us feel emboldened by that nagging anxiety that comes from the urgency of the problem. As concerned citizens of a damaged planet, we don’t have the luxury of waiting to feel ready to bring forth our individual actions; it’s time to get going now."
"A group of climate change protesters doused Wall Street's iconic "Charging Bull" statue with a substance meant to look like blood on 'Monday, saying the financial community has "blood on its hands."='"
"A large mural of the Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been painted on a wall in Bristol. The 15m-high image took eight days to paint. Artist Jody Thomas said Thunberg embodies a "new movement" in the fight against climate change."
"Pop stars like Lil Dicky and Grimes are using their music and their huge followings to gain vital coverage of climate change. This rise in social media-driven activism shows that a tipping point has been reached in popular culture."
"Climate change is perfect for operas, if you think about it: plenty of pathos, despair, and potential for transcendent change to go around. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that climate change has inspired at least five operas . . ."
The Red Brigade first appeared politically during protests against the Iraq War in 2001, after regular performances with the Invisible Circus in the 90’s. It joined Extinction Rebellion’s fight in April when protesters took over Waterloo Bridge in London. Participants wear striking scarlet red head-to-toe costumes and silently walk or strike poses at climate change protests.
"The CSPA views sustainability as the intersection of environmental balance, social equity, economic stability and a strengthened cultural infrastructure . . . The CSPA’s activities include research and initiatives positioning arts and culture as a driver of a sustainable society."
"The image has gone viral in the past few days and it’s obvious why. With sea levels projected to rise up to three feet by the end of the century, it's a stark reminder of our collective failure to act on climate change."
"The vivid color of the costumes is meant to symbolize the blood shared by all species. But their performance is more concerned with emanating emotion through specific poses (they co-ordinate together to perform love, hope and sadness, to name just a few). The group also change plan without warning, surprising protesters, police and the public."
"Time rushes on, in ways that humans have never before contemplated. That famous picture of the earth from outer space that Apollo beamed back in the late 1960s — already that’s not the world we inhabit; its poles are melting, its oceans rising. We can register what is happening with satellites and scientific instruments, but can we register it in our imaginations, the most sensitive of all our devices?"