March 31, 2014

Climate Change “Stories”

To better educate and engage the public, environmental organizations like Climate Wisconsin, Facing Climate Change, and Aspect have begun recording digital climate change “stories” as told by local residents. The goal for filmmakers is to create a relatable, contextualized narrative around climate change that will encourage dialogue and inspire action.

Though WI is know for its brutal winters, extreme heat is responsible for more deaths in the state than all other weather disasters combined.

In Wisconsin, higher than average temperatures year-round are curtailing ice fishing in Madison, and fly fishing in Viroqua. Across the Atlantic in Cornwall, England, surfing enthusiasts complain that they are now more prone to ear and other infections as heavy rainfall regularly overwhelms waste drainage systems causing toxins and sewage to spill into the sea.

Local industry is also feeling the sting of climate change. In Idaho, declining mountain top snow pack is resulting in a reduced stream of fresh water feeding the Columbia River Basin, which has caused the closure of several potato farms that rely on the river to irrigate their crop.  In Washington State, oyster and clam farming is quickly becoming unviable due to the rising acidity of the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast.

From the inability to take part in recreational activities to threatening local economies, it is clear that the effects of climate change are becoming palpable. What’s your climate story?

Check out these awesome projects:

Climate Wisconsin: Stories From a State of Change

Facing Climate Change: Stories from the Pacific Northwest

Aspect (UK)

 

 


March 2, 2012

Skype Interview with Dan Domingues, Actor in The Great Immensity

The next interviewee in our Skype Interview Series is Dan Domingues, a Civilians Associate Artist and an actor in The Great Immensity at Kansas City Repertory Theatre! He’s been with the project since its first reading at Princeton (that The Civilians did through a cross-disciplinary residency in the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Atelier). Hear his insights into the development of the show, and how working with this material has affected his commitment to the environment!

DAN DOMINGUES

Interview conducted by Alix Lambert. Alix Lambert is an artist, author and filmmaker. She is an Associate Artist of The Civilians and is conducting this ongoing series of interviews for The Great Immensity. Please click HERE for more of her interviews in this series!


January 20, 2012

Making It Work: Karen Stewart Brown and Sustainable Fashion

We’re back with another Skype Interview Video! This one features Karen Stewart Brown, who co-founded Stewart+Brown with her husband, Howard Brown. Stewart+Brown believes in optimizing their designs and lives to attain the highest standards of quality and functional style while extracting the bare minimum from Earth’s precious capital. Stewart+Brown practices and promotes a symbiotic and harmonious relationship between business, community, and nature. They aspire to apply the wisdom of sustainability to everything we do while inspiring others, just as we have been inspired, to do the same. For more information and to see the designs, please visit stewartbrown.com/.

KAREN STEWART BROWN PART I

 

KAREN STEWART BROWN PT. 2

 

Interview conducted by Alix Lambert. Alix Lambert is an artist, author and filmmaker. She is an Associate Artist of The Civilians and is conducting this ongoing series of interviews for The Great Immensity. Please click HERE for more of her interviews in this series!


January 9, 2012

Martha

Here’s the second in our series of music videos from songs in The Great Immensity! This one uses the song “Martha” with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, named after the last passenger pigeon to live before her species went extinct.

For more videos, please visit the Video Gallery!


January 5, 2012

Mitch Epstein

Photographer Mitch Epstein won the third annual Prix Pictet, the recently established Geneva-based photo prize for excellence in environmental photography.  The Prix theme in 2011 was “Growth.”  (This year, it’s going to be “Power.”)

"Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia, 2004," Mitch Epstein

Epstein’s epic images of energy consumption in the United States are truly breathtaking, in all senses of the word.


  • Featured Video

    No matching videos
  •  
    "The Next Forever" is a song from The Great Immensity. The footage was taken on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal by videographer David Ford. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.
     
    Click here to comment!