Feb 10, 2023 • Emmeline Clein
Don't feel too guilty if you didn't make it to any of the sustainability-focused events we curated for you in last month's edition of this roundup. We are back this month with four essential happenings in and about the anthropocene: a climate change teach-in at House of Yes, an exhibit of print-based art by climate activists, a conversation between climate reporters, and a talk hosted by Extinction Rebellion.
Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben have been on the vanguard of climate reporting since the 80s, and each one of them have multiple game-changing books on the subject under their belt. Albertine Books is hosting these two luminaries, among other writers documenting the climate change movement, for a discussion about both what our future holds and the human experience of living at this moment in history. The event is free, but you can register here.
Extinction Rebellion is the youth-led movement taking over city streets across the world. They are using civili disobedience to disrupt the everyday functioning of cities across the world, highlighting the urgency of climate change by emphasizing the fact that we are currently undergoing the sixth mass extinction in planetary history. At this event, Heading for Extinction (And What To Do About It), activists involved with Extinction Rebellion will talk about our planetary future, the social psychology around actually addressing climate change, and offer some potential paths forward, rooted in a discussion of historical social movements. The event is free and open to the public, and you can register for a spot here.
On November 20th, an array of schools, community centers, offices, bars and restaurants are working together to put on a 24-hour climate change teach-in. Activists trained by Al Gore will be giving presentations and leading conversations about the dire future our planet faces at venues across the country, and one such venue is House of Yes, in Bushwick. There will be a presentation at 7pm followed by a discussion at 9pm, intended to inspire solution-focused brainstorming occurring simultaneously in rooms across the country. This event is free (register here), and the bar will be open all night in case you need a little pick-me-up after a sobering talk.
Like the Waters, We Rise: Climate Justice in Print is an exhibition and celebration of the work of artists interpreting our rapidly changing climate through visual, print-based mediums. The art on view will span the Climate Justice Movement's evolution from 2005 to the present, highlighting wins and losses, activists' emotional struggles, physical changes to our landscape, and much more. The event on the 21st is a free opening reception for the exhibit, which you can register for here, and if you can't make this reception, you're in luck: the exhibit itself runs from this month through mid-April.