Who wouldn't want to have fun with the Human Impacts Institute crew at this year's Ten Days of Climate Action Launch party, half pub-crawl and half educational carnival, across three of downtown’s eco-friendly businesses – Freitag, Green Depot and Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Enjoy free drinks, dessert, and great, green giveaways.
Where: Begin at Freitag, 1 Prince St (@Bowery), NY, NY.
Thanks to Freitag, Green Depot and LIttle Cupcake Bakeshop for sponsoring this event.
Day 2, Event 1: Saturday, September 21
Draw the Line
Join the crew from 350.org to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline and draw a line around the parts of Manhattan that will be underwater in the future.
Where: Battery Park, NY, NY.
For more information: 350.org
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA SATELITE EVENT
Day 2, Event 2: Saturday September 21
The Tree Veneration Society
Pitch in as the Tree Veneration Society of Australia combines traditional forms of global tree worship and community art to adorn, decorate and celebrate local trees
Where: Beams Festival, Balfour St, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia.
For more information: BeamsFestival.com.au/
Day 3: Sunday, September 22
Spend the afternoon on the Queen’s waterfront and experience the power of Anthony May's sculpture – a pixilated rearrangement of a tree trunk uprooted by Super-Storm Sandy – connecting technology, disaster and climate.
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, Queens.
Day 4: Monday, September 23
Get a sneak peak into a family divided by the fossil fuel industry as a climate scientist struggles to tell the truth about global warming, his daughter struggles to save the frogs, while his sister wants to frack, with this live reading of excerpts of the upcoming play from the award-winning Theatre Three Collaborative.
When: 7:15 wine reception. 7:45-9:00 live reading and discussion.
Where: Columbia University, Schermerhorn Auditorium, Room 501 (walk up one flight of stairs and auditorium is directly in front of you) Campus Map.
Space is limited -seating will be first come, first served.
Thanks to Columbia's MA in Climate and Society for sponsoring this event.
Day 5: Tuesday, September 24
Pipelines and People
Walk by to see this animated, video installation by Mechthild Schmidt Feist about dirty energy, fracking, and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Where: East 26 Street (midblock between Park Avenue + Lexington Avenue), NY, NY.
LONDON, ENGLAND SATELITE EVENT
Day 6, Event 1: Wednesday, September 25
Postcards from the Frontlines
Be a part of the action as the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) uses imagery to help you communicate what home, in the context of climate change, means. Your personal message will then be sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
Where: Big Trees, Little Bees Pop-up Shop,Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PW.
For more information: EJFoundation.org
Day 6, Event 2: Wednesday, September 25
Human Impacts Climate Action Film and Theatre Festival
Start the night with the global premier of the short, family-friendly play from Superhero Clubhouse, Don't Be Sad, Flying Ace! - a duet performance exploring climate adaptation through the lens of a dog stranded on the roof of his house after a hurricane. Continue the evening with six short, climate-focused films that take on topics like native salmon fisheries, the myth of "clean coal", locavores and communities organizing against fracking. End the night with drinks and eco-action networking with a Human Impacts Institute and Organizing for Action networking social hour.
When: 6:30-9:30 including post-show networking reception.
Where: Grace Church High School Campus, 46 Cooper Square (between East 6th and Astor Place), NY, NY.
Space is limited -seating will be first come, first served.
Thanks to Grace Church High School for sponsoring this event.
Day 7: Thursday, September 26
German for “time giver,” Zeitgeber, by Sara Roer, is an improvisational – and interactive – dance piece that explores urbanites’ connection to the natural world.
Where: Times Square, 46th Street @ Broadway, NY, NY.
Day 8, Event 1: Friday, September 27
Adapting to Change Cycling Tour
Jump on your clean transportation machine (aka bicycle) and join Green Map's ride through Manhattan’s Lower East Side to explore both the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and local solutions to the devastation.
Where: Will Start in Tompkins Sq. Park center circle, East of Ave. A and North of East 7th Street, NY, NY.
For more information: Facebook.com/Lower.East.Ride
Day 8, Event 2: Friday, September 27
Even climate can be cool! The NAC Fashion Committee presents a runway fashion show that will showcase the couture collection of Gregor Marvel with a Berlin Cabaret theme. Showing how fashion can help reduce the wastestream and compliment your waistline, Marvel uses vintage fabrics (think old curtains, sourcing old dresses and fabrics through word-of-mouth) in his designs.
This event is fully booked.
Where: National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY.
For more information: Facebook.com/TheEastBerlinProject
Day 9: Saturday, Sept. 28
Interact with an outdoor "living room" installation informed by the memories of displaced personal belongings scattered throughout NYC post-Sandy. Discover "hidden" videos and art through interactive QR codes with Sue Allbert’s latest work.
Where: Southside Connex Street Festival, Havemeyer Street between South 4th and Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Thanks to the Brenner Family Foundation for supporting this program.
Ten Days of Climate 2011
Human Impacts Climate Carnival
2012's Ten Days of Climate Action marked the smash debut of HII's Climate Carnival: a full day of climate themed activities held at the East River State Park in Brooklyn, NY. Hosted by your favorite climate carnival-dwellers, the climate carnival included all of the following: UnsustainaBOWLING with Bozone the Clown, Climate Future Tarot Readings with Madame Climate, Natural Disaster Twister with Floody Mary and Melanie the HII Superwoman, Climate Parade with Drew the Clown, Tara the Ring Leader and Mimi the Mime, and Climate Wheels of Fate Trivia Game with Belinda the Bearded Lady.
The [Climate] Revolution Begins Within
A Performance on Climate and Personal Reflection
Mai Ueda participates in the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with a meditative performance on climate impacts and the human spirit. Dressed in a mirrored kimono, her silent tea ceremonies are a metaphor to a reflection of our environment, inside and out. Through deliberate movements and traditions, Mai invites audience members to contemplate how love and compassion, tolerance, contentment, a sense of responsibility, and a sense of harmony can be powerful forces of change and happiness.
Pixelations of Nature
An Installation on Climate and Technology
Anthony Heinz May joins the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with sculptural installations that utilize recycled natural waste to transform tree parts into patterns reminiscent of digital imagery. The resulting “pixelation” of nature explores the inundation of our communities by technology. Anthony’s pieces engage viewers in connecting the use of technology to climate change impacts; Electronics dominate the cityscape and many of our homes. Through the rearrangement of natural forms, Anthony is creating visual metaphors of the affects of climate variability on the environment.
An Installation on Climate and Greenwashing
Tilton Widro joins the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with an outdoor installation that explores how environmentalism is used as marketing strategy. Tree Huggers uses Pepsi Co.’s subsidiary, Frito Lay and their SunChips “ biodegradable bags” to question the validity of their eco claim. As installed, Tree Huggers are bands of discarded SunChips bags wrapped around trees to challenge passers-by to question if marketing claims are really “green” or doing what consumers want. The result? A piece that blankets the natural world in garbage.
To Which Season Does It Belong?
A Performance on Food, Desire, and Climate
Laura Mega joins the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with a performance that reminds us how immense amounts of greenhouse gas emissions come from producing and processing food, contributing greatly to climate change. In her startling performance, Mega surgically “works” on wounds that are inflicted to nature, removing the internal areas of fruits and vegetables and then sewing them up with stitches using surgical thread. The performance reflects upon how vegetables and fruits are forced to grow artificially outside their original climate or due to human desire, forcing the memory of the product linked to the land to be erased.
Nothing Is Disposable
An Interactive Installation on Consumerism and Climate Impacts
Susan Allbert’s work for the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action makes the connection between climate and consumerism, through the exploration of the impacts of a daily activity—eating. Her interactive tablecloth sets the stage for the audience to explore how our consumption choices impact the climate and our communities. Scattered amongst printed images of food garbage are embroidered QR codes, which take the viewer to a website environmental issues linked to the image is discussed in more depth. By juxtaposing vivid, brightly-colored images of food refuse with the potentially devastating impacts of our habits on our communities, Allbert gets us to think twice about “grabbing lunch”.
Green Culture Cycling Tour
An Exploration of Climate Action in NYC
Green Map System will join the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with a two-wheeled adventure to explore what’s being done to forestall climate change around the Lower East Side. Participants should bring their bikes and be ready to carry a colorful message that draws attention to the issues on this interactive tour. Get a fresh perspective as you explore sustainability and social innovation sites on the NYC Green Map, including eco-cultural resources, solar energy, community gardens, green and collaborative enterprises as well as greenways.
"Resourcing Move" Reimagining Slick Move
An Interactive Performance on Oil Addiction and Climate
Open Skeye Collective brings their innovative energy to the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with an interactive multi-disciplinary performance piece on oil addiction and climate. As dancers perform to live music, covered in oil-like substance, viewers will be invited to purify the dancers. With this piece, Open Skeye confronts oil addiction and ignorance or complacency around the grave effects of pollution. As viewers willingly make the choice to purify dancers, the piece calls to question our sense of personal responsibility and the consequences of our actions.
A Performance of Vulnerability and Climate
For the second year, Josephine Decker brings her creativity to the Human Impacts Institute’s Ten Days of Climate Action with a stunning performance of vulnerability and climate impacts. “School Evacuation” is equal parts provocative and curious, aiming to inspire questions alongside enchantment – and serving as a reminder that the species we affect are as unique and vulnerable as children.
The performance is a ‘school’ of fish – 15 children and 5 adults wearing fish masks and 1940’s attire -- who flee the ocean’s murky, uninhabitable depths by emerging from the East River and plunging into Dumbo. They move horribly slowly, as if through mud. While some of the younger kids take the evacuation lightly – continuing their games of Jacob’s Ladder or catch – the elder youth and the adults placate them but know that nothing easy lays ahead.