Nolan Park at Governors Island
New York City, June 1-October 27, 2019
Young people around the world are demanding that society confront the climate crisis with a new level of urgencyâ€”the urgency required for them to have a future they can hold in their minds without dread. They are demanding intergenerational justice. Their voices give us all an opportunity to rethink and recommit.
This new youth movement inspires our next exhibition, coming to Governors Island on June 1. Taking Action features hands-on learning about solutions for the climate crisis; a space to understand barriers to their implementation; and a concrete invitation to meaningful civic engagement and collective action.
Taking Action will be staffed primarily by high school students. It will be open 11am-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Thursdays and Sundays prior to the end of the public school year, with extended hours during the summer months. The exhibition was highlighted by The New York Times in its recent article on climate arts.
This show extends our previous focus on elevating youth voices. Our Youth Advisory Council organized a large contingent at the youth-led Zero Hour march last summer (New Yorker); with Yuca Arts, we created a program for teens to design and paint a climate mural at their school (Grist); and on June 14 at the Apollo Theater, high school students from across the city will perform spoken word pieces on climate in our inaugural presentation of Climate Speaks, organized in partnership with the NYC Department of Educationâ€™s Office of Sustainability and with special thanks to Urban Word NYC (click hereto receive notice of the ticket presale).
Taking Action is an important step for us as an organization. We hope that it can also serve as a catalyst for many of you.
The Climate Museum team