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.
Hello and welcome to Artists Climate Collective! My name is Charlotte Nash and I am a professional ballet dancer with Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island as well as the founder of this initiative. I have spent the past 6 years dancing and living all over the United States. From Seattle to San Francisco, Houston, Columbus, and now Providence! I have had the privilege to experience life in each of these places and it has truly opened my eyes. I am originally from Sammamish, WA, a predominately white, middle-high income suburb. My community was fairly environmentally conscious and had the resources to build institutions that reflected this. I attended an elementary school that was named after Rachel Carson, marine biologist and conservationist. I was taught how to compost and recycle in the 1st grade. I frequently took school trips to wetlands and diverse forests. I was under the impression that my childhood experience was similar to everyone’s with a public school education but when I moved away from my hometown bubble my awareness began to widen. I have learned a lot (and am continuing to learn) about the unequal access to education, opportunities, and control that has left so many people vulnerable and misinformed about the threats and impacts of climate change. I feel unsettled that those that are most vulnerable are also those who are denied the resources they need to protect their health and communities.
Climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest threats to public health, movement towards social equality, and security that we face today. Exploitation of finite resources, uncensored pollution, and consumption have pushed us to an extreme edge. We are peering into a future that will certainly be dramatically different from the world that we live in today. However, if we take the correct actions right now, we have the chance to transition to a sustainable world.
My vision behind Artists Climate Collective is to engage artists in joining the conversation and inspire audiences to feel the emotions intertwined with the impacts of climate change. It is my goal is to give people access to content that doesn’t require prerequisite information to understand. I hope to see the workings of science expressed in every sector of art so that we can inspire as many people as possible. I want artists to feel empowered by the fact that they can use their expertise to fund research and social movements. I want to tap into this valuable resource of creatives to help move us closer to a sustainable future. I want more people to feel like they have a place and a voice in this movement. So…stay tuned and contact us to get involved, we would love to hear from you!