CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION was originally founded by Elaine Ávila, Chantal Bilodeau, Roberta Levitow, and Caridad Svich following a model pioneered by NoPassport Theatre Alliance. It has since evolved into a U.S.-Canada collaboration between The Arctic Cycle and the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.
The Arctic Cycle uses storytelling and live performance to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from earth and social scientists, and actively seek community and educational partners.
The Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA) views sustainability as the intersection of environmental balance, social equity, economic stability and a strengthened cultural infrastructure. Seeing itself as evolved out of the principles of the 1987 Brundtland Report and 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the CSPA aligns itself with the policies of Agenda 21 for Culture as a resource to artists and art organizations.
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence proposes a series of readings and performances of short plays written by playwrights from around the world on the theme of climate change and the Green New Deal. A project that invites local communities to take action and to raise awareness of the climate emergency. As been said by Art Aia’s founder Giovanni Morassutti :
“At the moment, I am working on an international theater initiative that reflects my commitment to the environment. I intend to raise awareness about climate change and the Green New Deal by organizing an event on the banks of the Tagliamento River, symbolizing its authenticity as a morphologically intact river. I had already collaborated with the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts on the Ate – Residency in Sustainable practices that, thanks to Google Arts & Culture, we have presented to an international audience. I hope that these initiatives will raise awareness of global warming and climate change. I believe that theater, like all the arts, has the task of raising public awareness of such urgent issues.”