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Spurring Action on Climate Change through Artistic Engagement

Climate & Energy Series
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Our second lunch-hour Climate & Energy talk of 2022, "Spurring Action on Climate Change through Artistic Engagement" featured speakers from the 350 Madison Art Collective350 Madison climate change activists find that bringing art and live dance into their communications can significantly increase turnout and engagement. This is true with issues ranging from stopping tar-sands oil pipelines, to raising awareness on how the fossil fuel industry is funded. The 350 Madison Arts Collective has been known to show up to perform mock weddings, Broadway-style dances and to perform as communities of environmentally threatened animals. Behind the fun is the serious effort to mobilize people to take action on climate change and work toward a just and clean energy future.

Our 2022 Climate & Energy Series continues to explore how Wisconsin leaders are moving beyond incrementalism to transformational action that communicates clear messages. These conversations are designed to foster discussion and peer learning among experts, practitioners, and climate-concerned community members regarding local solutions to global environmental challenges. Join us for these virtual discussions to build a collective sense of purpose, knowledge, and action as we face the many challenges of our time. See our archive of previous series presentations here.

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Russ Bennett is a recently retired RN who worked for 35 years in Community Mental Health. If he lives an average lifespan for a white Wisconsin male he has roughly 500 weeks left. This knowledge inspires him to do whatever it takes to help people ' up their game' on climate change. And to play more.

Dianne Brakarsh, founder of Moving from Within, is a choreographer, educator and community dance organizer who has been creating performance pieces and flash mobs for years.  She loves coming up with wacky, unexpected and/or inspirational ways to get people's attention around social and environmental justice issues, with an eye toward spurring t

John serves as the Executive Director for 350 Madison. For the past 15 years he has been professionally focused on climate science, outreach, education, and advocacy. This work has included engaging business executives, government leaders and nonprofit representatives to collaborate on the issue of climate.

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