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The Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) will present a panel discussion on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm, with leading authorities seeking answers to important questions regarding climate change communication. The program will draw on RoCA’s “The Tipping Point” exhibition (scheduled for March 25-May 25, 2018) as a touch point for a timely public conversation among thought leaders from science, art, and the humanities. The primary goal of the program is to generate insights into how these fields can benefit from each other in communicating critical climate change information.   Scientific data is essential but thus far insufficient in motivating a concerted response to the climate crisis by our national leaders.  What insights can other disciplines such as the visual arts and humanities provide to advance public understanding and motivate effective action in response to important scientific knowledge?  

The recently published National Climate Assessment is the latest comprehensive scientific study to confirm the facts about rising carbon levels and their impact on our environment. Despite the fact that the National Climate Assessment is the product of hundreds of experts within the government and academia and peer-reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences, its stark findings are frequently doubted by policymakers and remedial action is being delayed, with likely catastrophic consequences.

The stakes of the issues to be considered are high. Learning how to improve climate change communication could save our planet from irreversible environmental devastation. To that end how do we communicate more effectively about the challenge of climate change?   What can people from different disciplines (e.g., science, art, the humanities, journalism) learn from each other to improve their ability to communicate about climate change?   What is the unique role of art in elevating human consciousness regarding environmental challenges?   How can the critical thinking that is at the core of the humanities inform us in addressing these questions?   

The leaders on this panel include: Suzana Camargo, the Executive Director of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate at the University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.  Ms. Camargo is one of the world’s leading scholars on the impacts of climate change.; Lisa Fernandez, the Associate Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC). She oversees programs and outreach at the YPCCC, building a global network of climate communication scholars and practitioners.  Lisa co-authored Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities;  Daniel Wolff, author of The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back; J Henry Fair, an American photographer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Through large-scale aerial photo shoots and accompanying documentary research, Fair’s Industrial Scars project brings our attentions to the tragic unseen evidence of the devastating costs of our choices on this planet, rapidly leading to the degradation of our planet; Aurora Robson, a multi-media artist and eco-activist known for her work intercepting the waste stream.   As a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Art Work Grant she uses her plastic sculptures to raise awareness and help us recognize the monumental effects of plastic waste on distant ecosystems and provides strategies toward upcycling discarded plastics into new objects; Jill Pelto is informed by her life experiences as an artist and a scientist, currently concluding her Masters of Science at the University of Maine in field research in the Antarctica Ice Sheet. Her glaciogenic art is the origin of her observational skills in her academic training and field research in Antarctica, with the goal of communicating scientific knowledge through art.

RoCA will be presenting three distinct exhibitions that bring environmental issues to greater public awareness. “The Tippng Point” features groundbreaking artists whose works reveal urgent truths beneath scarred but beautiful surfaces. They have something vital to communicate about our environment and inform devastating conditions such as industrial scars, environmental pollution, habitat destruction, the global warming process and climate change.  Participating artists include:  J Henry Fair, David Maisel, Alison Moritsugu, Richard Parrish and Jill Pelto. Aurora Robson will exhibit in Aqueous Remains, artworks from plastics saved from the waste stream.  In Quotidian Metamorphisis, Jaynie Crimmins shreds and sews junk mail to reveal fragile marine eco-systems. 

“The Tipping Point,” “Aqueous Remains,” and “Quotidian Metamorphisis” exhibitions are on view from March 25-May 25, 2018 at RoCA in West Nyack, NY.

Advancing Climate Change Communication & Expression panel discussion will be held May 12, 2018, at 7:00 pm.   Free to the general public, donations welcomed. Please call (845) 358-0877 to reserve a seat.

RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  This Panel Discussion is Sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Panel Discussion do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Start Date May 24, 2018


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