A panel discussion and dance performance/participatory movement meditation on the current state of climate science, energy policy, cultural memes and view on climate and environment, with an international panel of journalists, academics and artists. All are invited to participate in the discussion, which will be live-streamed from Wave Street Studios, an exemplary eco-architecture/event space/cafe-roastery in downtown Monterey. After the discussion, Movementlab will lead a performance/dance in the space.
Researcher from UC Santa Cruz Kevin Bell, Humphrey Fellow from UC Davis Angelina Davydova, Environmental writer and English professor at Evergreen Valley College Steven "Rabbit" Mentor, and artist and musician Trey Donovan engage in a conversation to discuss how global environmental and climate challenges are connected to our everyday behaviors and habits. Where are the limits of our responsibilities and the borders of our actions? How can we trace the consequences of our choices in an ever-more interconnected world? What could be the motivation for the most of us, what kind of support do communities need, how can we pressure companies and corporations to change their business-as-usual approach, and what about the role of politicians?
Last year an Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its special report on describing a 1.5C (2.7F) rise in global warming. One of the main ideas behind the paper is that we have very little time to make changes to our economic system and our lives, to reduce use of fossil fuels, to increase resource-efficiency -- and to adapt to the changing climate of our planet. The global concentration of greenhouse gases keeps growing, that it why scientists tell us the world should go carbon-free by mid-century, and that means very soon. How this transformation can at all be possible, can it also be socially just and equitable? Is there such a thing as personal responsibility?
Following the discussion, MovementLab (Nadine Lollino, Trey Donovan and Mathew Schreiber) will conduct a performance and a group class in movement meditation, drawing on movement art traditions of butoh, classical modern dance, Iyengar yoga, dance therapy, taichi, and Gaga. In the interest of following the theme of investigation of individual habits and contribution to global environmental concerns, and remediation, we see that conscious transformation begins with the individual and moves toward a collective effort. This can be demonstrated in the simple work of moving in space together, as well as in a space designed for such work.
When we move together, we are struck with impressions of our surroundings, our neighbors, and the internal environment, or attitude. In moving together in a meditative space, it is possible to bring attention to the simplest efforts, and perhaps change, however minute, is a potential outcome. Collectively, the efforts of many become a way of life that can transform our existence, and give the relationship between humans and earth, a chance at positive change.
More info at https://movementlab.dance/dialog-and-effect/