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The Irresistible Resistance: Earth Week 2016
April 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
In celebration of Earth Week at The New School, the Tishman Environment and Design Center is drawing inspiration from the growing unification of movements for climate justice, the deepening of transnational solidarity movements across the globe and the creative expressions of people and communities determined to achieve solutions to the climate crisis on their own terms. We are celebrating the idea that artists and young people are the very heart of the struggle for resistance and resilience and that “artists make resistance irresistible.”
What does the resistance look like?
- The People’s Climate March in September 2014 was the largest action on climate in history, successfully changing the notion that climate change was just an environmental issue. The march made it clear that this is also a social and economic justice struggle.
- Fracking was banned in New York State on December 17, 2014 after six years of tireless grassroots organizing. Communities across the country continue to fight to defend themselves from the risks of unconventional oil and gas development.
- President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline on November 6, 2015 marked a victory for indigenous people, environmental activists, farmers, and others after years of protests and demonstrations.
- Black Lives Matter activists and allies have taken to the streets in cities across the United States to affirm the humanity, contributions, and resiliency of people of color, embracing environmental justice as a component of the movement.
- In the wake of the COP 21 agreement in Paris, frontline communities vow to “continue to fight at every level to defend our communities, the earth, and future generations.” The real success coming out of COP21 can be found in the renewed sense of commitment among many communities, cities, and people around the world that are now more than ever vigilant and invested in collective action for climate justice.
On April 20, 2016, help us answer:
- Can the resistance be irresistible?
- Can art be an answer to climate change?
- Can local justice movements stand in global solidarity?
- Can we resist the status quo and change the direction of our future?