Conscient Podcast: e71 green sessions debrief

e71 green sessions debrief are highlights from the 2021 Green Sessions organizing committee : Philippa Domville, Sandy Crawley, Robyn Stevan and Liisa Repo-Martell of Artists for Real Climate Action, Emma Stenning and Rohan Kulkarni of Soulpepper Theatre and myself from SCALE. We talked about the Canadian arts sector can step forward with impact to address the climate emergency.

e71 green sessions debrief présente les points forts de la réunion 2021 du comité d’organisation des Green Sessions 2021 : Philippa Domville, Sandy Crawley, Robyn Stevan et Liisa Repo-Martell de Artists for Real Climate Action (ARCA), Emma Stenning et Rohan Kulkarni de SoulPepper et moi-même de LeSAUT. Nous avons parlé de l’impact que peut avoir le secteur artistique canadien sur l’urgence climatique.


The Green Sessions was invented because this small group of people got together and decided we wanted to do something that created impact and we put really a fairly modest amount of money behind it, and a huge amount of hours of time and passion. I’m so, so proud of the impact. For me, there’s a big lesson, which is, you know, small group of committed people can really make a difference. I think on this agenda that is really, really encouraging for all of us and that has been very, very inspiring for me. On the, on the flip side, I think what I sent at the green sessions is actually the power that we hold as a community and actually the feeling that our sector is in dialogue about this most, most urgent issue is very, very uplifting and very powerful. I’m just really interested in new and more opportunities for us to collaborate as a sector and putting people into focus and a place of knowledge on this agenda, because that really was a starting hypothesis, which is that our sector needs literacy and confidence in order to step forward with impact and that was our mission. We have scratched the surface of that but I’m very proud of the contribution that we’ve made and I’ve very encouraged to do more.

Emma Stenning, #conscientpodcast e71 green sessions debrief, october 1, 2021



Les Green Sessions (Sessions vertes) ont été inventées parce que ce petit groupe de personnes s’est réuni et a décidé que nous voulions faire quelque chose qui ait un impact. Nous avons investi une somme d’argent assez modeste derrière et une énorme quantité d’heures de temps et de passion. Je suis très, très fier de l’impact. Pour moi, il y a une grande leçon à tirer, à savoir qu’un petit groupe de personnes engagées peut vraiment faire la différence. Je pense que dans cet agenda, c’est vraiment, vraiment encourageant pour nous tous et cela a été très, très inspirant pour moi. D’un autre côté, je pense que ce que j’ai ressenti lors des Sessions vertes, c’est en fait le pouvoir que nous détenons en tant que communauté et le sentiment que notre secteur est en dialogue sur cette question des plus urgentes. Cela est très, très édifiant et très puissant. Je suis vraiment intéressée par de nouvelles et plus nombreuses occasions de collaborer en tant que secteur et de mettre les gens au centre de l’attention et du savoir de ce programme, parce que c’était vraiment notre hypothèse de départ, à savoir que notre secteur a besoin des outils pédagogiques et de la confiance pour aller de l’avant avec impact et c’était notre mission. Nous n’avons fait qu’effleurer le sujet, mais je suis très fière de la contribution que nous avons apportée, et je suis très encouragée à en faire davantage.

Emma Stenning, #baladoconscient, e71 green sessions debrief, 1 octobre, 2021

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About the Concient Podcast from Claude Schryer

The conscient podcast / balado conscient is a series of conversations about art, conscience and the ecological crisis. This podcast is bilingual (in either English or French). The language of the guest determines the language of the podcast. Episode notes are translated but not individual interviews.

I started the conscient project in 2020 as a personal learning journey and knowledge sharing exercise. It has been rewarding, and sometimes surprising.

The term ‘conscient’ is defined as ‘being aware of one’s surroundings, thoughts and motivations’. My touchstone for the podcast is episode 1, e01 terrified, based on an essay I wrote in May 2019, where I share my anxiety about the climate crisis and my belief that arts and culture can play a critical role in raising public awareness about environmental issues. The conscient podcast / balado conscient follows up on my (2016–2019) project: 175, 3-minute audio and video field recordings that explore mindful listening.

Season 1 (May to October 2020) explored how the arts contribute to environmental awareness and action. I produced 3 episodes in French and 15 in English. The episodes cover a wide range of content, including activism, impact measurement, gaming, arts funding, cross-sectoral collaborations, social justice, artistic practices, etc. Episodes 8 to 17 were recorded while I was at the Creative Climate Leadership USA course in Arizona in March 2020 (led by Julie’s Bicycle). Episode 18 is a compilation of highlights from these conversations.

Season 2 (March 2021 – ) explores the concept of reality and is about accepting reality, working through ecological grief and charting a path forward. The first episode of season 2 (e19 reality) mixes quotations from 28 authors with field recordings from simplesoundscapes and from my 1998 soundscape composition, Au dernier vivant les biens. One of my findings from this episode is that ‘I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the way’. e19 reality touches upon 7 topics: our perception of reality, the possibility of human extinction, ecological anxiety and ecological grief, hope, arts, storytelling and the wisdom of indigenous cultures. The rest of season 2 features interviews with thought leaders about their responses and reactions to e19 reality.

my professional services

I’ve been retired from the Canada Council for the Arts since September 15, 2020 where I served as a senior strategic advisor in arts granting (2016-2020) and manager of the Inter-Arts Office (1999-2015). My focus in (quasi) retirement is environmental issues within my area of expertise in arts and culture, in particular in acoustic ecology. I’m open to become involved in projects that align with my values and that move forward environmental concerns. Feel free to email me for a conversation :

acknowledgement of eco-responsibility

I acknowledge that the production of the conscient podcast / balado conscient produces carbon. I try to minimize this carbon footprint by being as efficient as possible, including using GreenGeeks as my web server and acquiring carbon offsets for my equipment and travel activities from BullFrog Power and Less.

a word about privilege and bias

While recording episode 19 ‘reality’, I heard elements of ‘privilege’ in my voice that I had not noticed before. It sounded a bit like ‘ecological mansplaining’. I realize that, in spite of good intentions, I need to work my way through issues of privilege (of all kinds) and unconscious bias the way I did through ecological anxiety and grief during the fall of 2020. My re-education is ongoing.

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