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Open Call: Digitising Ecologies

Contemporary, digital technologies are deployed by cultural practitioners to augment perceptions of time, space and process at immediate and remote locations. Devices might aim to increase a user’s awareness of more-than-human environments, or connect people to conditions framing a chosen social, historical or ecological aspect of location. Technology has also shown to produce and reinforce citizen-led alternatives to hegemonic practices; it for example enables more immediate collection of data on natural phenomena by people directly implicated by these conditions, such as farmers. Environmental charities and lobbying organizations eagerly employ technicians and programmers to develop applications that interpret our environment and engage an audience with environmental causes. Yet these technologies are implicated more deeply and subtly in changes wrought upon us and our entangled worlds. With the gradual surge of these practices we call upon artists, theorists, practitioners, and other researchers to critically reflect on the use and implications of digital technologies and their advocacy in the field of ecology, nature conservation, geography, environmental education, and rural and sustainable development.

We seek proposals responding to the following lines of enquiry.

Digital technologies are often understood and critiqued as acting ‘between’ people and their natural environment. Does the digitisation of landscapes and natural phenomena produce an enhanced relationship between humans and their environment, forging and deepening our experience of elusive and dynamic conditions? Or does it create what Baudillard (1994) calls hyperreality, in which the digital representation of reality becomes more real and attractive than an ‘authentic’ world? Do such technologies contribute to an extinction of experience (Pyle 2011), whereby we lose the ability to meaningfully engage without a digital interface? How might we reframe technology’s role in the correlation between humans and non-human world? Digital media have become an intricate part of all levels and areas of our society. We are masters of the technologies that we create, and their uses change our social and geopolitical environments. But not always in ways that we expect. Given ecological crises, how can we decide on the function and appropriateness of new interfaces and applications? Can technologies increase our resilience in the face of system collapses, responding in agile ways to unanticipated catastrophes and current socio-environmental challenges? Or are real-world, human and natural phenomena inherently uncontrollable? Do they allow the emergence of more sustainable practices by for example increasing the dissemination, preservation and adoption of traditional practices that have less negative impacts on the environment? How does this change our understanding of the world? How might we better negotiate the shifting boundaries between the planned and the contingent, the solid and the fluid, between tradition and progress?

Geohack: two-day exploration of the interface between digital media and our (natural) environment

We call on artists, gamers, geographers, historians, performance-makers, seafarers, landlubbers, the flooded and the landlocked interested in devising immersive, locative and interactive strategies that connect people to the socio-environmental conditions of contemporary landscapes. Challenged by James Mariott (Platform London), and mentored by Duncan Speakman (Circumstance), Tassos Stevens (Coney) and Jay Kerry (Mercurial Wrestler) participants will collectively create new bodies of work in response to the nautical landscape of Falmouth. They will work in tall ships, on ferries, at sea, or on the shore to collaboratively create pieces for one of these locations or the journeys between. We will provide a range of creative means: kayaks, wetsuits, fishing nets and snorkels, as well as digital media. The products will be showcased as part of the Fascinate Conference that takes place August 30th and 31st. Places are limited! Apply by August 15th at www.fascinateconference.com Geohack Final Proof

Artful Waste by Suendrini at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit

Artful Waste by Suendrini

Art Booth F16 – Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit

4-6 July, 2014

Nathan Phillips Square – 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, On. M5H 2N2

Fri, 4th – 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

Sat, 5th – 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

(Awards Parade at 1 pm in the Square)

Sun, 6th – 10.30 am to 6.30 pm

“Respectful of the landscape tradition, and creative in the innovative application of the textile medium” were the juror’s comments, along with the Manly E. McDonald Award of Excellence of Suendrini’s County Road 12, Prince Edward County piece, from Art in the County 2013. The jurors were Katerina Atanassova, chief curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario; Linda Jansma, senior curator of the Robert McLaughling Gallery in Oshawa, and Peter G.S. Large, elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and past president of the Society of Canadian artists.

Suendrini’s latest and largest piece to date entitled Secret Beach, Prince Edward County (6′ x 5′) will be showing at this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Please come and see hi-def, sustainable, textile landscapes and meet the artist. Rain or shine!

www.suendrini.com 

Toronto | Prince Edward County

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New Llano del Rio Guide: Utopias Of So.Cal available free now

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Utopias of So.Cal. Guide, free now!

Llano Del Rio Guide #4 Available Now Free everywhere

Related events at Santa Monica Museum through July

As the present becomes more fixed in the destructive-ideology of hyper-capitalism, this guide locates places in Southern California where other ideologies have reigned.Utopias of So.Cal. is a free printed map/guide to current and historic utopian communes, colonies, and intentional communities in Southern California. Sited in the guide are collectives founded on ecology, socialism, spirituality, free expression, queer liberation, and feminism. 23 current and historic lebenskunst sites ( a San Diego group committed to facilitating interplanetary dialogue, a LA based community founded on Chicana/o art and consciousness, and a Santa Barbara colony credited with inventing the hot tub and the Renaissance fair). In coordination with the release of this guide, Llano Del RIo is presenting a series of public events (May 28, June 25, July 23rd) in a tree house located by the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Utopias of So.Cal. contains reflections on the persistence of these colonies in our own utopian consciousness’  written by contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers; Sandra De La Loza, David Frantz, Janet Sarbanes, Mady Schutzman, Jodie Willie and the Women’s Center For Creative Work (WCCW). This guide, like all Llano Del Rio guides, is free and available to residents of LA county through the mail (send llanodelrio@gmail.com your postal address) or around town (listed below). Utopias of So.Cal. was organized and written by the Llano Del Rio Collective with Erin Schneider, print design by Content Object.

Utopias Of So.Cal. Available Here (as soon as we get ‘em there)!

  • 1642 Bar
  • Ave. 50 Studios
  • Central Branch, LA Public Library
  • Echo Park Film Center
  • Erewhon Natural Foods
  • Golden Bridge Yoga
  • Highways Performance Space
  • Human Resources
  • Libros Shmibros
  • Los Angeles Eco-Village
  • Machine Project
  • Mandrake Bar
  • Mystic Journey Bookstore
  • Naturewell
  • One Life Natural Food Store
  • Otherwild
  • Santa Monica Museum Of Art
  • Self Help Graphics
  • Southern California Library For Social Justice
  • Thank You For Coming
  • The Public School
  • The Yoga Collective
  • Tribal Café
  • Urth Yoga
  • Santa Monica City Public Library
  • Venice Beach Branch, La Public Library

Sounds For Another Tomorrow- a night of Utopian Music
Date Wednesday, June 25
7pm

Utopia, A Double Feature: Dear Comrade and The Source Family
Wednesday, July 23
Dear Comrade at 7:30
Potluck dinner
The Source Family at 9p

Support Nomadic Arts Festival and its artists

We seek your support to make Nomadic Arts Festival 2014: Between Wheat & Pine the best it can be!!

What is Nomadic Arts Festival?

20140504131610-naf03_corn_cropNomadic Arts Festival is an experimental festival focusing on diversity, connectivity and community, through performance work and creative expression. Its nomadic nature encourages mobility, both geographically and in its form. Therefore the festival changes shape and is set in a different location each year. Each cultural, social and ecological context of every festival site shape the creative and artistic theme of each festival – attempting to create a mobile community of sharing, creativity, research, exploration and fluidity.

This year the festival will take place in two locations in Poland: Warsaw and Charciabałda. The latter is more specifically an “off-grid” farm, in north-east Poland, located at an old wheat field, set between pine forests, of which the 2014 festival has taken its name and theme.

The festival at Charciabałda, will therefore be a two day intimate gathering, set ‘Between Wheat & Pine’ with focus on the proximity and relationship with the surrounding environment. It will be a small community with collective dinners, workshops, regional folk dance and performances from international artists, exploring the diversity of the theme ‘Body & Earth’

In Warsaw, Nomadic Arts Festival, in Collaboration with In Situ Foundation, Pracownia Zelazna will present a two day performance event, gathering performance and live art from the transnational communities of performance makers, across Poland. It will be two busy days with a wide range of experimental performances.

In Situ Foundation

Pracownia Zelazna

Burdąg Foundation

Program

The 2014 program will be a mixture of national and international performances, all dealing with the theme ‘Body & Earth’. Here is a selection of the artist for the 2014 program:

RED BIND (Toulouse) with RED POLE DANCE
www.kedzior-­‐friedman.org

Alfie, Ben and Stefan (London, Bristol, Göteborg) with From here Dotąd
walkingfromheretothere.wordpress.com

Anna Haracz, Dana Chmielewska and Agata Gregorkiewicz (from across Poland) with Would you walk with me?
www.dialogotancu.com.pl
Karolina Kubik (Poznan)with Untitled (Wound. Landscape units, related with observations and conquest, through the rhetorics of human body)
Site Specific Performance working with the local community.

Wahshi Kuhi (Iran/Kurdistan/ Berlin) with My father was an oak tree in Marivan! The army burned him down. My mother was dried. and me…
http://wiryabudaghi.wordpress.com

Supi(Oxford, England)with THE EARTH’S EMBRACE  (Ancient Burial Ritual)
www.suepennington.com

AND THERE ARE MORE ARTISTS YET TO COME!

OUR TARGET

We have created this campaign to ask for your support to raise money and make Nomadic Arts Festival the best it can be. We need your help to reach our target of €2000 (and beyond!) in order to cover the last basic expenses of the festival:

  • -Festival materials
  • -Documentation
  • -Transportation to and from Warsaw and the festival site

But we hope to raise more!

This is why:

The festival is run voluntarily and we have done our best to keep our costs as low as possible, yet we feel we have a responsibility towards the artists who are presenting work at the festival. So far we have only been able to cover their travel costs, which means that all the artists are working voluntarily, which warms our hearts, as it means that they believe in the ethos and ideas behind the festival. Though as an organisation we do feel committed to make the best attempt in supporting the artists, both artistically and financially. The money we raise during this campaign, which exceeds our target, will therefore go exclusively to the artists presenting work at the festival – divided equally between them.

Background and Ethos

‘the nomad is a […] intensive, multiple entity, 

functioning in a net of interconnections […] 

the site of multiple connections.’

-Rosi Braidotti (Nomadic Subject)

The festival has grown out of an ecological desire to use the realm of the arts for research, sharing and creativity, whereby to explore and draw focus to the specificities of local, cultural and geographical contexts. Similarly being nomadic by nature, the festival also puts an emphasis on creating intercultural and transnational communities. Focusing on sharing as a key ethos for learning, developing and exploring, the festival therefore aims to set up temporary communities throughout the world, where connections, relation and exchanges are facilitated.

The artists are the backbone of the festival and it is them who offers the opportunity for people to get together. Their sharing of research and explorations gives colours to the festival, but furthermore create a scope into the theme each festival presents, as a body of research of that theme, which will culminate in a documentation of the festival. So the festival both have an emphasis as an arts festival celebrating cultures, communities and the value of Live Art, but also functions as an exploration and research into themes, as an aim to shed new light on human and ecological conditions and issues of living in our contemporary world.

Other Partners and Associates


Nomadic Village


Give & Get


TaniecPolska

Other Ways You Can Help

Tell all your friends and spread the word on social medias, emails and word of month. Any help would be warmly appreciated!!

Also join our facebook site and twitter and visit our website:

www.nomadicartsfestival.com

www.facebook.com/nomadicartsfestival

twitter.com/NomadicArtsFest

Course at Schumacher College: This Body of Land: An Introduction to Eco-Art

With Ana Flores and special guests Peter Randall Page and Susan Derges

This course is open for bookings.

1949The practice of ecological art offers us tools, whether we are change agents, creative leaders or artists, to re-establish a sense of wholeness within our fragmented landscapes.

Join us for this dynamic week, combining art history and earth history, studio practice and field work, in which you will find new ways to respond to our ever-changing relationship with nature. Artists who have found their creative master in the natural world will serve as our models, from Leonardo Da Vinci to John James Audubon, to contemporary ecological artists such as Patricia Johanson and Andrew Goldsworthy.

The week will also feature visits from two award winning visual artists whose works are deeply rooted in the ecology of Devon: Peter Randall-Page and Susan Derges. The perspectives of these artists will inspire the processes we explore in the daily studio and field work. We will ground ourselves first with drawing, then explore three dimensions and time based work outdoors, fluidly moving between individual and collaborative exercises.

The week will conclude with a field trip to Dartmoor Arts, an intensive one week pop up art school in rural Devon.

Students with no art background are welcomed and encouraged.

Contributors

Ana Flores

Ana Flores is a sculptor and Ecological designer. Her sculptural and design work of the last two decades has been devoted to cultural narratives that help communities reconnect with their landscapes. Her sculptural work has been shown internationally and her outdoor installations and park designs have won many awards. Her project “Poetry of the Wild” has been travelling to communities throughout the U.S. for a decade, sparking inspired community engagement with land and art. Flores has also been an invited educator and artist in residence for many years at diverse institutions including Rhode Island School Design and Bryant University. At Rhode Island School of Design she was the co creator of Art as A Source of Healing, an award winning course with a practicum in community, engaging students in healthcare environments.

Flores was also the first artist in residence for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and recipient of the National TogetherGreen Fellowship for her work in ecology and the arts. She is the principal of Earth Inform Studio and most recently her work entitled Poetry of the Wild was featured in Poets & Writers Magazine.

Peter Randall-Page

Peter studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-1977. During the past 25 years he has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, , Turkey, Eire, Germany and the Netherlands. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.

His practice has always been informed and inspired by the study natural phenomena and its subjective impact on our emotions.

In recent years his work has become increasingly concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, and can be seen as a kind of pattern book on which the most complex and sophisticated structures are based.”

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth in 1999, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York St John University in 2009, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Exeter University in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bath Spa University in 2013.

As a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter influenced the overall design of the building incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (‘Seed’) at its heart. Visitwww.peterrandall-page.com

Susan Derges

Susan Derges, is a photographic artist, specialising in camera-less photographic processes, most often working with natural landscapes. Much of her work revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature.

She endeavours to capture both visible and invisible scientific and natural processes – the physical appearance of sound, the evolution of frog-spawn or the reflection of the moon and stars on water. She is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines. Recently she has begun working in the studio combining analogue and digital techniques to create new forms and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also contemporary in its experimentation and awareness of both conceptual and environmental issues.

Susan’s work is in the collection of museums around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Hara Art Museum, Tokyo. Visit www.susanderges.com/

Course Fees

£620

Course fees include accommodation, food, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.

If this course is booked with The Art of Invitation (4 – 8 August), a 10% discount will be applied to the combined fee.

Bursaries are also available for this course, please click here for further information

For further information about Schumacher College please see About the College

Apply

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Reserve your place now

To provisionally reserve a place for 5 days, email us your contact details and the name of the course admin@schumachercollege.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1803 865934

We will hold the place for five working days for reservations – three weeks before a course or earlier. After five days we will automatically offer your place to someone else if we have not received your application.

Environmental Action Planning for Creative Businesses Tickets, Cambridgeshire

JBsustainingcreativity.102840Calling all creative and cultural SMEs and Micro Businesses in the East of England – join Culture Change for a free, practical workshop. Get support on building an action plan to take your first steps in ‘going green’.

The four-hour session will cover:

  • The environmental impacts associated with creative and cultural work
  • Inspiring case studies of environmental best practice
  • Access to tools and resources that support environmental sustainability
  • Training on how to measure your carbon footprint
  • Identifying opportunities to save money as well as reduce your carbon emissions
  • How to develop an environmental action plan for your business which is relevant and achievable

There will also be networking opportunities to connect with a UK-wide community of creative businesses, acting together to become greener, and access to ongoing support through the Culture Change programme.

The workshop will be facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle

Julie’s Bicycle is an environmental charity working with over 1,000 creative businesses, both UK-based and international, to go green using the latest tools and resources to support action and sustainable business growth.

Please note: this workshop is only available to businesses registered in the East of England, including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

For more information about Culture Change see www.juliesbicycle.com/culture-change.

For more inforantion on direction click here

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Project Part-Financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund      Low Carbon Economic Growth in the East of England

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Green Arts: Sustainable Responses from the Literature Sector

JBsustainingcreativity.102840Julie’s Bicycle will be holding an event that will look at how the literature sector is responding to environmental challenges. The event will create ambitious goals and address how the sector can lead on environmental innovation. The free, half-day event will take place from 10:30am – 2pm on Wednesday 25th June at Free Word, London. It is open to all literature organisations, publishers, development agencies, associations, venues and writers interested in shaping the role of literature in creating change.

 Informative speakers and workshops will share best practice, resources, and opportunities to collectively reimagine a literature sector that’s fit for the future.  Julie’s Bicycle will highlight examples of best practice in the industry and share results from D&AD’s annual audit.

Speakers include Andy Fryers, Director of Hay on Earth and Peter Hughes, Chair of the Publishers’ Action Group. Attendees will be invited to sign up to a workshop, based around the following topics:

*Publishing & Digital – with Peter Hughes, Chair of the Publishers’ Environmental Action Group.

*Sustainable Buildings – with Nick Murza, Director of Operations at Arvon.

*Festivals and events – with Andy Fryers, Hay on Earth and Jon Atkin, Acting Co-director Manchester Literature Festival

Attendees have the chance of signing up to a taster session of ‘Paper Jam!’delivered by Calverts, specialists in the production of sustainable commercial print. The session will start at 2.30pm (1 hour), if you would like to book a place email Rachel@juliesbicycle.com.

Supported by Free Word and Arts Council England and in association withTipping Point

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BODO KORSIG IS WINNER OF COOL STORIES FOR WHEN THE PLANET GETS HOT IV

artport_making_waves_logo_animated_gif_2014_367_pxl1Artport is  pleased to announce BODO KORSIG (Germany) as the public-voting-winner of COOL STORIES FOR WHEN THE PLANET GETS HOTS IV with his video “Täuschung (Deception)”, 2013 (3:03′).

He will be awarded a 4-weeks-residency at the artist residency Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro  in May 2014. Bodo Korsig explores human behavior under extreme conditions such as fear, violence, pressure, and death. He is especially intrigued by the artistic conflict of those neurological and cognitive processes inside human beings that are difficult to record from a scientific standpoint.

Korsig has exhibited in over 100 museums and galleries, both in his native Germany and internationally. His work is in over 40 museums and public collections. Exhibitions include “Stronger than Fear is Hope” at Kunstverein Pforzheim(C) (2013); “Metal” at Greenfieldsacks Gallery Los Angeles (2010); “CLASH” at Makii Masaru Fine Arts Tokyo (2009); and “I CAN’T STOP” at Tenri Cultural Institute, New York (2007).

He has received 14 international prizes and scholarships, including Artist Residency Inside-Out, Art Museum, Beijing (2012), Grand Prix 4th International Triennial Prague (2004), and a grant from the Max Kade Foundation (2003).

Solar panels at Toynbee Studios

Artsadmin logoArtsadmin has taken a major step in reducing its environmental impact with the installation of 40 solar panels on the roof of Toynbee Studios.

Toynbee Studios is Artsadmin’s hub for artistic innovation and development. The studios are home to the organisation’s own staff of 25 and to Artsadmin’s artistic programme, as well as providing office space for over 20 other artists and arts organisations. Fully refurbished in 2007, the theatre and five rehearsal spaces are used by over 13,000 artists every year.

Gill Lloyd, Director of Artsadmin said;

“Our solar panels are a symbol of our commitment to sustainability and the environment. Artsadmin is a leader in the arts and environment field, encouraging artists to address climate change in their work with commissions and special projects and hosting our own Two Degrees festival of art and climate change at Toynbee Studios. We’re determined to practice what we preach, so we’re really delighted to have been able to install this solar panel system.”

The rooftop system of 40 photovoltaic panels will save around 4.6 tonnes of CO2 per year – generating over 10% of the electricity used in the Studios. The panels are installed in an East West formation (rather than the traditional South facing), which maximises the use of the space and means they’ll be active for a longer period each day. A digital display in the foyer shows how much electricity is being generated at any time, as well as the total energy generated and CO2 saved since installation.

The system was installed by Joju Solar. James Page Head of Engineering, said;

“Last year I attended an inspiring climate change event ‘Two Degrees’ at Toynbee Studios and was delighted when Artsadmin agreed to ‘walk the talk’ and find room for some solar panels. Roof space was constrained, as it often is in central London, so we went for an innovative system with panels facing East and West to gather energy in mornings and evenings, which is actually the peak time for electricity use in the UK.”

Artsadmin were motivated to make the investment by Julie’s Bicycle’s Energy Efficiency project. Julie’s Bicycle makes sustainability intrinsic to the business, art and ethics of the creative industries. Alison Tickell, Chief Executive said;

“Artsadmin is a pioneering and deeply ethical organisation in so many ways, and their new solar panels are another great example of leadership. Cultural landmarks powered by renewable energy sources – Glyndebourne, the Tobacco Factory, Artsadmin – are powerful advocates for sustainability, and reach thousands of people every year as well as reducing carbon.”

Luminato Festival (Toronto): Martha Wainwright in conversation

Martha Wainwright in conversation with David Buckland and Tom Rand of Cape Farewell on Arctic Journeys and other adventures

images In 2008 Martha Wainwright joined the Cape Farewell expedition to West Greenland along with fellow musicians Feist, Laurie Anderson, KT Tunstall and other artists and scientists.  On this extraordinary journey she composed a new song which she will perform.  Cape Farewell director David Buckland will show film clips of the expedition and join Martha in conversation to discuss with Tom Rand the issues climate change, the Arctic reality, and the important perspective artists bring to this important subject.

Martha Wainwright is a Canadian musician whose music melds genres of folk, rock, country, and chanson singing. Wainwright joined Cape Farewell for their 2008 Disko Bay Expedition.

David Buckland created and now directs the Cape Farewell Project, he is a designer, artist and film-maker.

Tom Rand is a global thought leader with a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in the promotion of a low carbon economy. A green entrepreneur, investor, advisor, public speaker, and author, Rand’s ambition is to help bring clean technology to life. Tom is: the Cleantech Senior Advisor at MaRS Discovery District; the founder and director of VCi Green Funds; Managing Director of ArcTern Ventures; a co-developer of Planet Traveler, the “greenest hotel in North America”; and the author of both Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World and recent bestseller Waking the Frog: Solutions for our Climate Change Paralysis.
Tom speaks publicly about the issue because it is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunities afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy.