Grassroots Public Art and Political Power
"...people that have been considered politically marginalized often illuminate sites of equality and of hope. Their stories of effecting change from the margins are especially relevant as an increasing majority of Americans find themselves marginalized from our political and economic systems."
The United Nations’s top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, is not afraid to cry at work, covertly practices a dance routine to Beyoncé’s “Move Your Body” with her staff, and has played an instrumental role in turning out what is likely to be the most successful climate negotiation in history. [She] is adamant that global warming can be reversed: “It is a choice about what we do with our finance. It is a choice for corporations about the kinds of goods and services that they produce. It is a choice of policy. It’s an institutional choice. It’s a political choice. It’s a technological choice.”
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"I'm new to learning about the degradation of our planet, and even the basics make me feel off kilter. I just read that we've killed roughly half of the world's non-human animal population and we've destroyed half the world's forests since 1970. I learn that if we keep up this rate of deforestation half of what we have now will be gone in just nine years, and there will be nothing left by 2060. Nothing left? I'll only be 73. It astounds me that so much dying has happened over the course of my lifetime but to me it was totally unobservable. True, I've always lived in cities, but this is - literally - an earth shattering transformation. It's like I don't speak the language of my own planet."
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