Environment

Climate change on the global stage

Eco-theater offers an outlet for creative expression and scientific communication

March 8, 2022
Three actors waist deep in the Hudson River wearing cardboard cutouts shaped like oyster shells.
Three actors perform in the Climate Change Theatre Action event in Beacon, N.Y. They wear cardboard cutouts shaped like oyster shells.  [Credit: Hannah Loss]

Thinking about climate change can be overwhelming, even paralyzing. Attempting to solve this global crisis will take enormous efforts by politicians, companies and local leaders to reverse the negative effects on our planet. 

On this global stage, where can artistic expression fit into our response and communication efforts? Enter climate change theater — an effort by playwrights, educators and scientists to spread information and awareness about the impacts of human behavior on the environment. While filled with serious themes of melting ice caps and polluted waterways, these plays also offer hope for a positive future.

Join Scienceline reporter Hannah Loss on a trip up the Hudson Valley as she experiences a global series of storytelling and live performances organized by Climate Change Theatre Action.

Music:

Bedtime Story for My (future) Daughter by Caity-Shea Violette, performed by Hudson River Playback Theatre

The Oysters, by Miranda Rose Hall, performed by Andrew Brehm, Eric Magnus and Liz Zito

About the Author

Hannah Loss

Hannah is a science journalist who enjoys writing about agriculture and the environment, but loves to be stumped (temporarily) by new topics like blackholes and immunotherapy. She previously worked in scientific conference programming, radio podcasting, and documentary film research.

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