Wild Authors: Melissa Volker

By Mary Woodbury Melissa Volker’s novel Shadow Flicker (Karavan Press, 2019) took me to beautiful east South African beaches and immersed me into surfing life. Despite the warmth of the novel, it’s also brewing with trouble. Kate Petersen keeps her panic attacks to herself until the day she experiences one in front of her boss. With her

Introducing our New Series on Indigenous Voices

By GiGi Buddie Oftentimes, when we think about climate change, we think of it as a distant and “far removed from daily life” issue. Yet, while some of us have the luxury of not being affected by climate change in our everyday lives, others are not so lucky. On the frontline of the climate crisis

Wild Authors: Jessica Cory

By Mary Woodbury Having spent a great amount of time in the Appalachian Mountains as a child (you can read more here), when I came across the anthology Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene, I was immediately convinced I needed to read this book. I wasn’t wrong. I fell into days of

‘The Animal that Adapts to Burning Houses:’ An Interview with Poet Trace DePass

By Imara-rose Glymph Trace Howard DePass, author of Self-portrait as the space between us (PANK Books, 2018), editor for Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2017, and 2016 Queens Teen Poet Laureate, is a kaleidoscopic wonder to behold.  I had the pleasure of being a live Zoom studio audience member for the 2020 Climate Speaks performance, a youth poetry event organized

Triple Point by Hannah Rowan

Triple Point is a solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Rowan whose practice refects on the contrast between constant, fast-paced human activity and the much slower rhythms of geological processes. Her work, ofen inspired by living nature, not only observes these natural systems; it re-embodies them. Evaporation, condensation and precipitation, Rowan recreates ephemeral natural systems in a continued state

‘Compassion in Crisis’: An Interview with Kailea Frederick

By Imara-rose Glymph Plant your feet in fresh dirt, breathe deep the gift of oxygen, sense the cool wind tickle your nape; you are, in this moment, rooted. In the midst of the climate crisis, how are we cultivating a tangible, regenerative kinship with Mother Earth in our daily lives? This is where Spiritual Ecology comes in

Opportunity: One Planet Forth Valley online discussion

One Planet Forth Valley is a Scottish Government, Climate Challenge Fund project led by the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council based in Falkirk.  We would like to invite you to come along to our free online discussion next week the 17th of September between 3pm and 4pm to discuss the topic, ‘Net Zero’ and how Scotland can get

The Rest is Imagination: Countryside, The Future: Rem Koolhaas at the Guggenheim

Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein  Countryside, The Future at the Guggenheim Museum (dates to be announced) could not be more relevant to a suddenly localized population experiencing new ways of interacting and work-life environments without being bound to urbanity. In this age of a digital shift toward more remote interactions, people are moving from cities to the

What’s your Ecovision? Can You Make Your Neighbourhood More Ecological?

Think about your neighbourhood. Think of it as an ecosystem. A developing whole made of different, interconnecting elements – living and non-living. Plants, animals, cars, people, buildings, communal waste bins, buses, trains, rivers, parks, the sea and mountains. You. The list can go on. How can you make your neighbourhood’s ecosystem more environmentally sustainable? We

Take One Action Film Festival 2020

Take One Action nurtures communal exploration of the stories, ideas and questions at the heart of positive social change. Join us online from 16-27 September 2020. 2020 has been a tumultuous year… but we’re pleased to be able to provide a tiny wee bit of stability: Take One Action’s annual film festival returns from 16-27 September.

Autumn 2020: Haumea Online Ecoliteracy Course for Creatives and Art Professionals

Autumn 2020: Popular HAUMEA Online Essential Ecoliteracy Course for Creatives & Art Professionals (curators, arts officers, art educators & art administrators)–with Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD.  I’m delighted to share that my popular course will be offered again this Autumn.  The course will run from the 16 September–4 November 2020. Please book early to secure your place here. The

The domestic and the global: Emma Nicolson on how the arts will be at the heart of Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Emma Nicolson, Head of Creative Programmes, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), kindly agreed to be interviewed for ecoartscotland. The interview happened by email during July 2020 and is focused by the reinvention of Inverleith House as ‘Climate House’, moving beyond the 20th century idea of the gallery as ‘white cube’ and reconnecting with the context of

In Conversation with Actor, Singer, and Director Velina Brown

By Imara-rose Glymph I’m delighted to bring you this refreshing interview with San Francisco-based, award-winning actor, singer, director, San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT) collective member, and drama professor Velina Brown. Since graduating with a degree in counseling from San Francisco State University, Velina has combined these skills to develop her life and career coaching services through The Business of

An Interview with Author and Scholar Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

By Amy Brady This month I have a fascinating interview for you. Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is an author and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College, who studies climate fiction. His latest academic study, “‘Just as in the Book’? The Influence of Literature on Readers’ Awareness of Climate Injustice and Perception of Climate Migrants,” examines the

Tiny Coronavirus Stories: ‘Everything is the same; everything is different’

By Andrea Szucs, Kris Fricke, Ronna Magy, Teresa Stern Reader-submitted stories of the COVID-19 pandemic, in no more than 100 words. While the submission of stories may have slowed, the pandemic continues. Read past stories here. Submit your own here. SHATTERED WORLD March 29th. A light rain falls through glowing daylight, I stand in my backyard. The normal Sunday village noises

Mare Nostrum Theatre Project in Italy

By Jeff Biggers BRINGING MIGRATION VOICES AND STORIES ON STAGE IN AN AGE OF CLIMATE CRISIS  Every two seconds someone in the world is displaced from their home. This line repeats in my mind, as if it’s a cue for an actor to enter the stage. But it comes from the latest report of the UN Refugee Agency, which

Call for papers: Theatre and Performance Design Special Issue on Ecoscenography (Autumn 2021)

I am excited to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the journal, Theatre and Performance Design, Autumn 2021, on Ecoscenography! A global ecological awakening is underway; one that calls for a new philosophy for theatre production that promotes more environmentally conscious, holistic, interconnected and symbiotic ways of making. With a global pandemic

Wild Authors: Katy Yocom

By Mary Woodbury For this post we head back to India, this time with Katy Yocom, author of Three Ways to Disappear. Ecofiction is a type of literature that handles nature-oriented and human-impact plots while telling a great fictional story that imagines or reflects real environmental concerns, in this case the plight of endangered Bengal tigers.

Olivia Oguadinma on Storytelling and Shane Petzer on Artful Recycling

By Peterson Toscano For Olivia Oguadinma in Nigeria, storytelling has become central to her life. Though she is studying to be a chemical engineer, it is her passion to promote the UN Sustainability Goals among her peers that has led her into storytelling through her podcast, Gems on Earth. For the Art House, Olivia discusses

An Interview with Actor, Director, and Solo Performer Rotimi Agbabiaka

By Imara-rose Glymph Welcome to the first installment of our new series, Black Artists and Storytellers on the Climate Crisis! As a newcomer to the climate storytelling space, I am inspired by artists who highlight intersectionality in their practice. Prominent Bay Area actor Rotimi Agbabiaka is no stranger to crossing genres and pushing socio-political boundaries in neon-drenched, immersive