Creative Climate Awards: The Witness Tree

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On Sunday September 28th, 2014, The Human Impacts Institute hosted Carolyn Monastra’s performance piece “The Witness Tree” at Tompkins Square Park. Her piece is part of the month long event, the Creative Climate Awards.

Carolyn has taken photos from thirteen states and seventeen countries, which all depict the global issues of climate change. At this event, Carolyn hung several of her pictures on a tree branch, and asked attendees to make a “trade” with her to take one of her photographs home with them. That trade was to make a postcard with a message to a politician and hang it on the tree.

The turn out to the event was inspiring, especially the amount of young people that showed up, who felt strongly about the issues they discussed. This included one young boy who was adamantly against the use of gasoline, and knew a abundant amount about electric cars.

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As an official part of Climate Week NYC and in partnership with Positive Feedback and Artbridge, the Human Impacts Institute’s Fourth Annual Creative Climate Call to Action brings together the visual arts, performance art, and film to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. In an effort to inspire people to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, The Creative Climate Awards program uses creativity to broaden the climate conversation, inspire action, and to combine art and education with diverse climate themes.

See the entire lineup of events for the Creative Climate Awards.

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