Why I Believe in Art Activism

{This is my intro to the COAL December 2013 Newsletter}

Friends,

My name is Camila and I’m a director for COAL, a new approach to the climate movement. In eight years of climate activism I’ve never been so elated as to help launch COAL. First, I want to share why this project gives me hope.

Three years ago, social change artist Molly Sturges began searching for ways to nurture insight in the face of climate disruption. Finding an opening in storytelling and music, she founded COAL: a scalable theatrical production designed to inspire a culture of action.

Through a tale of young friends facing either a future condemned by addiction to a corrosive dark power–or one of interconnectedness, COAL offers us a lens to navigate our own predicament. It invites us into today’s epic struggle by awakening the creativity, courage, and camaraderie of those fantastic childhood stories. Above all, COAL ignites faith that even against the most daunting odds, we can prevail.

 70% of Americans share my alarm that our elected leaders have idled for decades while our unchecked voracity for fossil fuels has changed life as we know it. However, united as we are by our passion for a livable future, our struggle to find solutions continues to estrange us. For all our faith in climate consensus, many of us remain skeptical of the economic and political consensus about tools that could stabilize our climate by century’s end.

This is why I love COAL: it is an on-ramp for anyone to join the climate saga, no experience needed. Here is the space to celebrate the values we share and team up without prejudice for solutions. The forces destroying our natural world are in the wrong morally, scientifically, and economically, but they manage to sustain the status quo by dividing us. Keeping us fragmented is the only game they’ve got. Art is the oldest tool available to unite behind our passions, and we believe it remains the best. Together we’ll build our movement by singing our story of love for home.

For the latest on COAL check out the December 2013 newsletter here!

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