A ‘ripple effect’ is created by a point of impact, energy that shifts the area around it. It may start small, but causes waves of change far beyond where it began. To me, this is about one good idea that causes other good ideas; or one conversations that keeps going, that’s picked up by other people in the room. This Season at Ripple Effect Artists we are leveraging theatre and film projects to look deeply at issues of Climate Change. And our art is already impacting my own life. Issues of ‘waste’ are resonating with me, so I am taking steps to reduce one-use plastics in my life. A year ago I replaced my son’s disposable straws with reusable, composting bamboo straws. I refuse plastic bags more than ever, and I won’t use a coffee lid if I’m sitting to drink at a cafe. Next: I just ran out of saram-wrap, so I found a a product called Beeswrap that I’m going to purchase; and in the near future I will be trying my hand at compost – which is terrifying so please help me! These are small steps for a woman, but if everyone got present to their waste and rejected one-use plastic we could cripple the industry and make the sort of drastic overhaul that the planet deserves.
As we embark on our theatrical season addressing climate change, some research has been done. In watching Al Gore’s sequel, there are some enlightening facts that we now have realized we cannot ignore. Over the past decade, hurricanes in New York, Houston, Florida, and other locations across the globe have taught us that sea levels are on the rise due to massive heating of structures that were once ice. And in the U.S., we still have an administration that vastly opposes taking any action towards this crisis.
Watch this HERE!
Some facts to consider:
With the facts above, what are the next best steps?
With Ripple Effect Artists’ Production of 2071 and our partnership with 350.org, we are committed to creating a safe and healthy planet for future generations–for no other reason than it is OUR FAULT.
This Holiday season, we at Ripple Effect Artists charge consumers with engaging in activities that can reduce our CO2 emissions. These include:
Give LED lights as Christmas Gifts!
Give a tree to plant as a Christmas Gift!
To learn more about our Carbon Footprint, give this a look!
Stay educated and give our future generations the GIFT of a healthy planet.
Stephen is thrilled to be working with Ripple Effect and the incredible team working with 2071. Stephen directing and produced “The Cover of Life” by R.T.Robinson – Off-Broadway. Production Stage Manager for “Blood Boundary” by Vicki Mooney – Off Broadway Other credits include: Production Stage Manager – Into the Woods, Annie, Pirate’s – a musical, Macbeth, and Murder’s in the Heir. Stephen is thrilled to be working with Ripple effect for so many reasons, including but not limited to the ability to bring theater to life to share an important message of change and art with those that may not have an opportunity to experience this. The world is always going to be changing, and we are part of the problem, reason or example that change can be for the better or for the worse. Ripple Effect has a strong connection that I believe in, within the exploration of charity, and how we are able to share what we have for others whether in our professional lives or personal. Ripple Effect is an inspiration because of the team that is involved to make Ripple effect possible, along with sharing this vision and message with the entire world at large.
Welcome to our 9th season! This season we’re tackling climate change. Climate change refers to the change of the standard weather found in a specific place. This could be a change in the rain or snow accumulation a place usually receives within a year or even a change in the place’s usual temperature for the month or season. Climate Change also refers to a change in the Earth’s overall climate. Unlike weather which can change in a few hours, climate takes hundreds or even millions of years to change (Dunbar 2015).
Throughout history, the Earth’s climate has fluctuated. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. The abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marked the beginning of the modern climate era (NASA 2018). Many factors can cause climate to change such as Earth’s distance from the sun, the amount of energy the sun emits, ocean levels, and when volcanoes erupt. However, most scientists agree when it comes to climate change, humans make the largest impact. Our everyday tasks such as driving cars, cooking food, and heating and cooling our homes use energy. Energy is generally made by burning coal, oil, and gas. These things release gas into the atmosphere and cause the air to heat up (Dunbar 2015). Since the 19th century, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit. Although this may seem low, the 5 warmest years on record have taken place since 2010 with 2016 being the warmest year on record (NASA 2018).
The signs of climate change are all around us. With wildfires plaguing California and hurricanes pummeling the east coast, it is important now more than ever to take action. Through our production of 2071 we hope to raise awareness and encourage others to take action to improve our current climate conditions.
2071 is a dramatized lecture written by scientist Chris Rapley and playwright Duncan McMillan. The piece is partially a memoir of Rapley’s life and career and partially an explanation of climate change and of the controversies surrounding it. The title, 2071, is the year in which Rapley’s oldest grandchild will be 67 years old. This was Rapley’s age when he first performed it in 2014 at the Royal Court Theater in London.
NASA. “Climate Change Evidence: How Do We Know?” NASA, NASA, 8 Aug. 2018,
Dunbar, Brian. “What Is Climate Change?” NASA, NASA, 13 May 2015, http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-climate-
And it can only be proved by the article above. It still shocks me to see such behavior. In our productions and Talk-Backs with Our production of Ripple Effect Artists’ GUARDING THE BRIDGE/SPOKEN WORD, we address how while one may argue that there is progress, there is an inherent system at play.
Some stats that we must focus on coming from the NAACP:
And now let’s take a CLOSE look at the 13th ammendment:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
This systematic and ongoing slavery has taken another form.
Steps to take:
Sign this PETITION in New York to ensure Police are required to go through a board review. Without this, the systematic racism that occurs in the Penal System continues.
Attend our phenomenal performance of Ripple Effect Artists GUARDING THE BRIDGE by visiting http://www.rippleeffectartists.com
Scott Zimmerman (Dad) is thrilled to be working with Ripple Effect Artists and to bring awareness of important social issues to the forefront. Recently, Scott was seen as Leo in Red Shark Productions’ staging of “The Irish Exit” at The Hudson Guild Theater, as Larry, in the controversial play “The Ride” at Theater for the New City, and as Judge Ketterson in the highly acclaimed and socially explosive “Al Takes A Bride” at Oxford Space, Bkln. Scott is a proud member of Actors Equity and is proudly represented by EMERGING TALENT AGENCY (Albert Bramante) and AAG TALENT MGMT. ( Deborah Dotoli). As always thanks to Sam, Lindy, Lis, Ackerman Klan, Marci, Louise.
As we approach this Holiday, it is often forgotten that our Founding Fathers were slave-owning white men with privilege. While we consistently honor what they do, we must remember they too were men who viewed other people as lesser humans. It is this sort of inherent bias that has been on-goingly discussed in our production of GUARDING THE BRIDGE and SPOKEN-WORD with DAWN SPEAKS.
Actors who can empathize with roles who we feel are villains have a great skill to be admired. Scott Zimmerman has done just that in playing the bigoted father in GUARDING THE BRIDGE. Scott, for your great work, we thank you.
See him in two more performances on July 18th and 30th. Tickets at http://www.rippleeffectartists.com