Tiny Coronavirus Stories: ‘I have never seen her before’

By Andrea Lepcio, Kera McHugh, Laura Raboud, Lisa D. Alvarez. Reader-submitted stories of the COVID-19 pandemic, in no more than 100 words. Read past stories here. Submit your own here. SCREENS, A WINDOW Kitchen table. Eyes are stinging. Staring at a screen. Scrolling. Set up an online meeting. No one came. My job just melted away. A plate of half eaten

An Interview with Laurie Goldman

By Amy Brady This month, I have for you an interview with Laurie Goldman, the Director of Public Engagement at The ClimateMusic Project, an organization that brings together scientists, composers, musicians, and other creatives to compose and perform music inspired by the science of climate change. They were recently featured in the New York Times and have lots of big plans

Green Tease Reflections: Climate Justice in Arts and Culture

25th February 2020: For this ‘micro-Green Tease’ we gathered together representatives from Scottish arts organisations to get their thoughts on Climate Justice: what it is, why it matters, what the cultural sector can do to embody and promote it. The discussion is summarised below but work on this is still ongoing so do please get

#GreenArts Day 2020: Live Updates

#GreenArts day is the annual online celebration of green arts and culture across Scotland. Each year we spend the day promoting the achievements of Green Arts Initiative members, release the annual report and make available new case studies on work being done by members of the initiative.  Green arts day is now over for this

Newton Harrison: 3 recent videos including ‘Apologia Mediterranean’

By Chrisfremantle Three recent video works by Newton Harrison – an apology to the Mediterranean Sea, a call to Scotland to become the first industrialised country to give back more than it takes out, and an installation to assist biodiversity to adapt in Northern California. Meditation on the Mediterranean. Included in the Collateral events of

Wild Authors: Anna Burke

By Mary Woodbury This month, I spotlight Anna Burke and her novel Compass Rose (Bywater Books, 2018), a dystopian high-seas adventure that looks at climate refugees, hanging ocean ecosystems, and ways humanity might adapt to rising, warmer oceans while also following the protagonist as she comes of age in an unforgiving – but highly relatable – world.  The novel takes

Shelley Castle asks ‘IS THIS IT? Looking towards COP26’

Throughout our travels to Glasgow and beyond, Lucy Neal, myself and Anne-Marie Culhane witnessed rivers bursting their seams and reclaiming land, causing heartache for communities and farmers, expanding territory for beavers, and washing away crops.  Rising alongside the water is a mounting sense of urgency, and an accompanying feeling of confusion, about how (or even

Painting Grief And Hope

By Lesley Thiel I feel like I’ve spent most of my life worrying about climate change. I’ve loved the Earth and nature my whole life, and its progressive destruction by humanity has been heart-wrenching. The butterflies, bees, flowers, and small mammals of my childhood have all gone missing from the places where I once played. 

#GreenQuarantine – Broadway Green Alliance Virtual Learning and Crafts

During this incredibly difficult time, we here at the Broadway Green Alliance remain committed to supporting you and serving as the theatre industry’s green anchor. Like you, we are reeling from how quickly things continue to change and how emotionally difficult it is to practice social-distancing in an industry built on bringing people together.  As

Q27: Legibility

An opening up of and gathering of discourse around the concept of legibility. Who and what can be read and defined? And how easily? What should be made visible and accessible, determinate, and what should remain in the registers of ambiguity and contingent understanding?  Reaching for Jack Halberstam’s use of the term legibility in “The

Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis.

By Peterson Toscano Being a climate advocate can be very difficult. How do you maintain hope in the face of bad news and apathy from those around you? Where do you find encouragement and inspiration? What role can faith play in our climate work? These are the questions Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade and Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas,

Kyoto Forever? UN Climate Conferences as Political Theatre

By Thomas Peterson Perhaps the most consequential theatrical forums of the moment are the UN climate conferences, or COP meetings, which occur every year in a different city and at which the governments of the world negotiate coordinated attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Or at least they perform diplomatic negotiation and perform commitments to reduce emissions. Global emissions

Read a CCTA Play

Let’s come together to share and celebrate the amazing plays written by our Climate Change Theatre Action playwrights in 2019! We don’t need to let physical distance keep us apart when we can be virtually connected. We invite any and all of you to record yourselves reading or performing a 5-minute play from our CCTA

Tell Us Your Coronavirus Story

By Chantal Bilodeau Tell us what you’re seeing, what you’re feeling – in no more than 100 words. We’re only just beginning to understand how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) might relate to the climate crisis (thanks to the incredible journalism of InsideClimate News) but it’s clear that our behavior during this outbreak is a rehearsal for more disruptions to

A Voice for the Earth

By Anders Dunker Many worlds come together in the Los Angeles-based singer Inanna’s brand new eco-music project, leading up to her album Acrotopia. Middle Eastern darbuka rhythms meet modern electronic soundscapes, dark visions and warnings alternate with dreams of green utopias. With a background in the alternative electronic rock scene of Europe, a career in

Welcome to the Anthropocene

By Susan Hoffman Fishman In her 2002 book, On Writing, acclaimed American short story writer and novelist Eudora Welty noted the importance of establishing a strong sense of place in a story when she famously said, “One place can make us understand other places better.” Most of the artists whom I’ve highlighted in this “Imagining Water”

Brave New Decade – Part 2

By Joan Sullivan Following up on last month’s post about Rachel Armstrong, the polymath professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University and coordinator of the multi-country Living Architecture project, I want to take a closer look at the role of artists in this metabolic design project. By definition collaborative and trans-disciplinary, Living Architecture aims to cut our umbilical dependence

Using Glasgow’s e-bikes to help the city achieve net zero

Glasgow has set the ambitious target to become the UK’s first Net Zero city, but how it gets there will be significantly different from other big cities across the country. One way ScottishPower is helping local residents play their part in the fight against climate change is through a new partnership with nextbike to sponsor

Climate Change Theatre Action 2019: This Is How We Respond to the Burning World

By Thomas Peterson Since mid-September I’ve been greeted daily by emails, zooming in from all over the world, describing performances of short plays about the climate crisis. Somewhere between one and 700 people attended each of these performances, which occurred not just at theaters but also at universities, in elementary schools, parks, community centers, churches,

Creating a Living Water Map: Stacy Levy’s Collected Watershed Employs 8,500 Glass Jars to Tell the Story of Towson, Maryland’s Watershed

We hear a lot about watersheds, but how many of us really know where we live within the dendritic system of our own local waterways? We may glance at highway signs telling us we’ve entered this or that watershed, but can we name the creeks, streams, and rivers that flow around us, and do we