Why are climate facts misleading…..

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We often believe that if the drastic measures are not the truth, then perhaps there is not much to worry about or worse yet, that what we believe to be true about Climate Change is unreal completely.   I recently have taken many quizzes related to the climate crisis and gotten some answers wrong simply because I am always assuming the worst.  For instance, I thought the planet’s global temperature raised by 5 degrees rather than 1.69 degrees.   So what does this leave me thinking….

WE NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS!…AND WE DON’T!

The image above shows an overall scope of Climate Change at a 2 degree growth rate globally.  It is not merely warmth we are seeing–it is increased floods, species decreasing and increasing, food decline, economic decline, etc.   Many speak about climate change as something to be feared for the future and rightly so.  Yet, in addition, it is my intention to prove the Climate Change is something that is actually happening NOW.   See this in images below.

 

 

Why do we not relate to Hurricanes, Draughts, and Extreme Flooding as something that needs immediate attention?   It is these extreme events that cause extreme destruction personally and economically.

So, we talk plenty about problems.   Why not talk about solutions.   This inspiring video does just that.   Time to focus on what to do next.

 

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Spotlight on Director of Ripple Effect Artists’ 2071!

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Our easy access to technology often leaves us feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of the world’s social and environmental issues……

The little mobile device in our hands makes it easy for us to remain detached and numb to the problems plaguing our planet. Art has the power to awaken our paralyzed senses by changing our prospective. Once we relate to the “other”, we begin to feel a connection to the larger world community. Art’s ripple effect can empower and…..

Propel us to take action for the greater good.

 

We are so thrilled to have Carin Zakes direct our August Production of 2071!

Theatre makes the difference…

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That’s the magic of art and the magic of theatre: it has the power to transform an audience, an individual, or en masse, to transform them and give them an epiphanal experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds and the way they think. — Brian Stokes Mitchell

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.  –Thornton Wilder

Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to. –Willem Dafoe

The good die young but not always. The wicked prevail but not consistently. I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre. –Helen Hayes.

 

After recently seeing NETWORK on Broadway, I was challenged to think about how I am a slave to the media.  Many provocative productions that are out there challenge us.   It reminds of the importance we do with theatre and how we must create a RIPPLE EFFECT.

Spotlight on Upcoming Singer-Activist Sandra Bargman

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This wonderful woman is one of the many who has sung and will continue to sing with Ripple Effect Artists’ Concerts.

WATCH HER SOULFUL MUSIC HERE!

As founder and Executive Director, I have been so honored to find artists with kindred spirits to work alongside us.   See her amazing credits below!!

Enjoy our EARTH DAY CABARET featuring award-winning singer, activist, and interfaith minister, Sandra Bargman. Sandra Bargman actor, interfaith minister, and activist, is thrilled to be a part of the socially conscious work of Ripple Effects Artists . She has performed in Madison Square Gardens Broadway national tour of Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, on cruise ships, and behind the mic in recording studios. She is an award winning, seminary trained and ordained Interfaith Minister, and owns her own company, Sacred Stages, LLC, which produces her one women shows and plays dedicated to exploring the big questions about life and examining our troubled times. Her most recent, The Edge of Everyday, was nominated for a BWW award, and the live recording is now available on Amazon and CDBaby. She is a Climate Reality Leader, having completed The Climate Reality Leadership training with Al Gore in late 2017. http://www.sandrabargman.com.

 

This Easter/Passover, we all can come together to protect our Earth.   Join US for our Earth Day Cabaret HERE!

 

 

We are so excited to take on this issue of our planet this year for these generations and more!

 

Why are we not taking action and what will happen in 2071….?

 

This incredibly moving TEDx talk given by a young student speaks about our future and how HOPE is just not enough.   We need action and we need it now.

 

Students Speaking Up For Climate Change.

 

Further research has shown that there are Climate Change Tipping points in the globe happening as early as 2020.   In addition, the past three decades have been the warmest decades since 1850.   And with all of our TED talks, articles, videos, and Al Gore presentations and trainings, what ACTIONS are there to take NOW?

Below are 10 SIMPLE PRINCIPLES pulled from a BB Article dedicated to ending climate change:

 

1. What is the single most important thing humanity has to do in the coming years – and what does that mean for me?

The number one goal? Limiting the use of fossil fuels such as oil, carbon and natural gas and replacing them with renewable and cleaner sources of energy, all while increasing energy efficiency. “We need to cut CO2 emissions almost in half (45%) by the end of the next decade,” says Kimberly Nicholas, associate professor of sustainability science at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), in Sweden.

The number one goal is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources

To mitigate climate change, the number one goal is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources (Credit: Getty)

The road towards that transition includes daily decisions within your reach – like driving and flying less, switching to a ‘green’ energy provider and changing what you eat and buy.

 

2. Changing how industries are run or subsidised doesn’t sound like anything I can influence… can I?

You can. Individuals need to exercise their rights both as citizens and as consumers, Robert and other experts say, putting pressure on their governments and on companies to make the system-wide changes that are needed.

 

3. Other than that, what’s the best daily action I can take?

One 2017 study co-authored by Lund University’s Nicholas ranked 148 individual actions on climate change according to their impact. Going car-free was the number-one most effective action an individual could take (except not having kids – but more on that on that later). Cars are more polluting compared to other means of transportation like walking, biking or using public transport.

 

4. But isn’t renewable energy extremely expensive?

Actually, renewables like wind and solar are becoming increasingly cheap across the world (although final costs are subject to local circumstances). The latest report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) found that several of the most commonly used renewables, like solar, geothermal, bioenergy, hydropower and onshore wind, will be on par with or cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020. Some are already more cost-effective.

Solar energy is now the cheapest source of electricity for many households

Solar energy is now the cheapest source of electricity for many households in Latin America, Asia and Africa (Credit: Getty)

The cost of utility-scale solar panels has fallen 73% since 2010, for example, making solar energy the cheapest source of electricity for many households in Latin America, Asia and Africa.  In the UK, onshore wind and solar are competitive with gas and by 2025 will be the cheapest source of electricity generation.

 

 

5. Could I make a difference by changing my diet?

That’s a big one, too. In fact, after fossil fuels, the food industry – and in particular the meat and dairy sector – is one of the most important contributors to climate change. If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US.

If cattle were their own nation, they’d be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases

If cattle were their own nation, they’d be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases (Credit: Getty)

The meat industry contributes to global warming in three major ways. Firstly, cows’ burping from processing food releases lots of methane, a greenhouse gas. Secondly, we feed them with other potential sources of food, like maize and soy, which makes for a very inefficient process. And finally, they also require lots of water, fertilisers that can release greenhouse gases, and plenty of land – some of which come from cleared forests, another source of carbon emissions.

By reducing your consumption of animal protein by half, you can cut your diet’s carbon footprint by more than 40%

You don’t have to go vegetarian or vegan to make a difference: cut down gradually and become a ‘flexitarian’. By reducing your consumption of animal protein by half, you can cut your diet’s carbon footprint by more than 40%. A larger-scale approach could be something like banning meat across an organisation, as office-sharing company WeWork did in 2018.

 

6. How harmful are my flying habits?

Planes run on fossil fuels, and we haven’t figured out a scaleable alternative. Although some early efforts to use solar panels to fly around the world have had success, we are still decades away from commercial flights running on solar energy.

 

7. Should I be shopping differently?

Most likely. That’s because everything we buy has a carbon footprint, either in the way it is produced or in how it is transported.

For instance, the clothing sector represents around 3% of the world’s global production emissions of CO2, mostly because of the use of energy to produce attire. The hectic pace of fast fashion contributes to this figure as clothes are discarded or fall apart after short periods.

. Groceries shipped from Chile and Australia to Europe, or the other way around, have more ‘food miles’ and usually a higher footprint than local produce. But this is not always the case, as some countries grow out-of-season crops in energy-intensive greenhouses – so the best approach is to eat food that is both locally grown and seasonal. Even so, eating vegetarian still beats only purchasing local.

 

8. Should I think about how many children I have (or don’t have)?

Nicholas’s study concluded that having fewer children is the best way to reduce your contribution to climate change, with almost 60 tonnes of CO2 avoided per year. But this result has been contentious – and it leads to other questions.

 

 

9. But if I eat less meat or take fewer flights, that’s just me – how much of a difference can that really make?

Actually, it’s not just you. Social scientists have found that when one person makes a sustainability-oriented decision, other people do too.

Here are four examples:

Social scientists believe this occurs because we constantly evaluate what our peers are doing and we adjust our beliefs and actions accordingly. When people see their neighbours taking environmental action, like conserving energy, they infer that people like them also value sustainability and feel more compelled to act.

 

10. What if I just can’t avoid that flight, or cut down on driving?

If you simply can’t make every change that’s needed, consider offsetting your emissions with a trusted green project – not a ‘get out of jail free card’, but another resource in your toolbox to compensate that unavoidable flight or car trip. The UN Climate Convention keeps a portfolio of dozens of projects around the world you can contribute to. To find out how many emissions you need to ‘buy’ back, you can use its handy carbon footprint calculator.

Whether you are a coffee farmer in Colombia or a homeowner in California, climate change will have an impact on your life. But the opposite is also true: your actions will influence the planet for the coming decades – for better or for worse.

 

 

In reading this,  I have chosen to be someone who uses public transport, eats less meat, and support local Climate Effort Organizations.   What will you take on?

Entertainment That Causes Conversations…Not Comfortable…Always Necessary.

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Theater as a medium for social change

Above is a powerful TedX talk about how theatre for social change can get sparked just by being moved by one singular play.  And while many of us may not be the people who constantly write to our local congress or who march or who put demonstrations together, we can use an incredibly powerful tool to inspire people to speak, act, and talk.   That tool is storytelling.   While we can all read statistics and hear news reports, those often will not make the difference needed.  It is when people are moved and transformed in their seat that things can shift.

I as Executive Director am always looking at examples of the arts that make a difference.  Recently, I binge watched “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix while also watching many of the interviews with the cast and writers.   This show which so accurately depicts the viciousness of teenage depression, eating disorders, teenage sexual assualt, and the pressure of growing up while undergoing these atrocities will absolutely cause people to act.  Check out more here….

The Difference 13 Reasons Why Made.

This video is quite poignant.

 

At Ripple Effect Artists, our shows have caused audiences to volunteer, sign petitions, and have conversations that matter in their family, workplace, and in education.   And we will continue to do this, causing ripples.   Is it uncomfortable?  Yes.   Must we continue?  Without a doubt.

Join us in creating more ripples……

 

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“Given that 85 percent of U.S. counties are home to some number of incarcerated individuals, it’s likely that most of our nation’s theatres are close to at least one correctional facility. In those facilities about two thirds of the incarcerated are people of color. As theatres work to diversify their audiences along lines of income and ethnicity, a growing percentage of those attendees will have a personal connection to mass incarceration, opening up new opportunities for relevance to communities. In short there seems to be great room and reason to expand this field of work.” – American Theatre

 

This quote among many show the incredible impact theatre can make.   As Ripple Effect Artists approaches its 6th annual gala, I, as founder, reflect on just how powerful theatre can be for the human condition.  It is theatre from Shakespeare, Chekhov, and the recent masters that cause audiences to look within, discover our own falsehoods, perceive people, life, and situations differently and therefore, create a shift.  Or as we say–A Ripple Effect.   While often seen as frivolous, we say it is crucial.  And we have devised a way in which it can be–using theatre to raise awareness and funds for societal issues.

 

And after 10 years, we continue to create ripples….