My name is Keaton Leier. Co-founder of Artists Climate Collective and professional dancer with the Atlanta Ballet. When I first decided to start this mini project for ACC, I was thinking of a personal mantra that I like to remind myself of, but often forget.
No action is too small when it comes to spreading climate awareness and building foundations for change.
Coinciding with these thoughts, the world was reeling in the new year and I had just listened to an episode from one of my favourite podcasts, How to Save a Planet. The episode covered how and why we should create climate resolutions for 2022. It inspired me to think of one on my own. After doing this I thought - how could we use something as simple as sharing a climate resolution to not only inspire people to critically think about the climate crisis, but also become more engaged in it?
With the creation of ACC, it has been an ongoing goal of mine to increase climate change awareness and inspire positive change especially within the dance community. Through this series of shared resolutions, I was hoping to get both our collaborators and viewers more serious about these “pledges” by sharing them on social media, while also continuing to build more community engagement.
After we started gathering resolutions from dancers around the world, I began to notice that many of them were increasingly similar, and they seemed to focus on individual impact or “footprint”. This can be a good first step, and we hope that it will be a stepping stone that leads to more meaningful change.
I firmly believe that systemic change is extremely necessary for environmental progress and that large corporations have greatly contributed to the impacts of the climate crisis, but in times of doubt, I like to remember the mantra that I mentioned earlier. I trust that together, individual action and community building can grow to make a major impact for the future that we believe in.