Climate Literacy: The Arts as an Ally in Understanding Earth and Invoking Change

Session ID#: 26960

Session Description:
Research demonstrates that evidence and logic are not enough to persuade people to live more sustainably. Instead, effective action requires a combination of cognition and affect working together rather than separately or alone. Since prehistoric times, the arts have inspired deep engagement, reflection, and discussion thanks to their affective power to attract, involve, stimulate, and motivate people to do things they might not otherwise have the interest, energy, or courage to do. In their affective roles as agents of personal and social change, the arts, informed by the cognitive power of science and other fields, can introduce global change issues in new ways and move people—emotionally and physically—to act. This session will present examples, images, ideas, and results demonstrating how the arts have worked in collaboration with science and other fields to spark attitudinal and behavioral shifts and make climate change and sustainability personal, visceral, and actionable.
Primary Convener:  Marda Kirn, EcoArts Connections, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners:  Heidi Steltzer, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, United States and J.D. Talasek, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, United States

  • ED - Education
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Laura A Guertin, Pennsylvania State University Brandywine, Media, PA, United States
Cynthia Gano Walker, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME, United States
Francesca Samsel, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States
Jeremy S Hoffman1, Rebecca A. Dahlberg2 and Eugene G. Maurakis1, (1)The Science Museum of Virginia, Experience Development, Richmond, VA, United States, (2)Science Museum of Virginia, Experience Development, Richmond, VA, United States
James A Brey, American Meteorological Society Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, Judith Lynne Waller, University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Art, Menaha, WI, United States, Erin DeMuynck, University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Geography, Menaha, WI, United States and Teresa C Weglarz, University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Biology, Menaha, WI, United States
Marda Kirn, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
Julia Kumari Drapkin and Lindsey Wagner, ISeeChange: Community Weather and Climate Journal, New Orleans, LA, United States
Ashley Sparks, Self Employed, Washington, DC, United States
Carol Devine, Self Employed, Toronto, ON, Canada
Heidi Steltzer, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, United States and Brian House, Brown University, Department of Music, Providence, RI, United States
Michel M. Varisco, Organization Not Listed, New Orleans, LA, United States
Michel Andre Boudrias, University of San Diego, Environmental and Ocean Sciences, San Diego, CA, United States, Alexander Gershunov, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, Tatiana Sizonenko, University of California San Diego, Visual Arts, San Diego, CA, United States, Allison Wiese, University of San Diego, Art, Architecture and Art History, San Diego, United States and Heath Fox, La Jolla Historical Society, San Diego, United States
Genevieve Juliette Guenther, Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York, NY, United States
Valerie Casasanto, University of Maryland Baltimore County, JCET, Baltimore, MD, United States and Thorsten Markus, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Brian Kahn, Climate Central, Princeton, NJ, United States

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