Climate Action in a Global Landscape: December 9th

Climate Action in a Global Landscape:
A TCG Virtual Summit

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
1:00 - 4:00pm ET / 10:00am - 1:00pm PT

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On December 9th, as part of the 2021-22 TCG Fall-Winter Convening Season: Crisis and Transformation, join TCG at a virtual gathering picking up where we left off in our inaugural Climate Action Summit in April, this time to collectively strategize how theatre can play an important role in the global response to the climate crisis, coming off November’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Climate Action in a Global Landscape will focus on three primary outcomes: strengthening support for Indigenous-led climate resistance; deepening participant understanding of how the goals of the Paris Agreement can be activated at their theatres; and committing to sustained climate action at the personal, organizational, and fieldwide levels. Whether you are new to the climate conversation or have been doing this work for decades, please join us and theatre practitioners across the country in committing to bold and sustained climate action.

Don’t want to wait until December? Join our Climate Action Community and attend our Climate Action Monthly Meetings to meet other theatre people doing the work. Participants ask questions, share resources, and take collective action, both within the theatre sector and our broader world. We center the leadership and needs of frontline communities, especially Native/Indigenous and other BIPOC communities, in what we prioritize.

Did you miss the Climate Action Summit in April and/or the climate programming at our National Conference? You can find archival videos and additional resources here.

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Summit Agenda
How to use the below agenda: click on any of the agenda blocks below to see a detailed session descriptions and speaker list. Note that all times are listed in your local time zone.

Intended Outcomes of the Summit
  • Strengthen support for Indigenous-led climate resistance: A recent report found that Indigenous-led climate resistance is responsible for stopping or delaying 25% of pollution emissions in the U.S. and Canada. Yet in spite of that effectiveness, Native and Indigenous leadership is rarely centered in settler climate action, or in a majority of theatres. Given that ceremony, music, performance, and cultural practice is at the core of Indigenous climate resistance, theatres could be ideal partners in amplifying their leadership. By featuring Native and Indigenous activists and artists in conversation, with a focus given to those who live on Turtle Island (North America), the Summit will move attendees to support and amplify Indigenous-led climate action and cultural practice. 

  • Deepen participant understanding of how the goals of the Paris Agreement can be activated at their theatres: While theatres are taking organizational action to green their buildings and production practices, there is not yet a fieldwide commitment to the goals of the Paris Agreement. In the spirit of COP26, the Summit will make direct connections between those goals and practical actions theatres can take to help meet them. For when governments fall short, our cultural communities can and must step in.

  • Commit to sustained climate action at the personal, organizational, and fieldwide levels: While deepening our collective understanding of climate justice remains important, the urgency of the crisis requires we build immediate action into our meetings. The Summit will build on the CAMM model of beginning each meeting with at least one climate action, inspiring attendees to commit to building climate action into their personal and organizational daily priorities.