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Date 18.10.2020 11:30 - 13:00
Location Literaturhaus Schaan/L
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Cathy Wittmeyer word-to-action performance

Word to action is a collaborative forum for creative & fun expression of climate change anxiety to persuade the public to take real and realistic actions. We work to motivate climate action through language with an exceptional student-involved spoken word poetry performance. We use student-led-research tools to gauge our influence.

Background

The climate crisis is too often seen as a problem for governments and businesses to solve. While students are drawing attention to the problem and placing blame accurately on the shoulders of their parents’ generations, they can use the arts and science to drive community-based solutions as well.

Project Summary

A group of six international poets will gather for a week-long (Monday – Sunday) writing retreat in Liechtenstein. Here they will write poems around the topic of climate change and engage local students and/or poets in workshop. On the final Sunday of the retreat, the group will perform a spoken word event at Literaturhaus LI and involve the audience in a climate change commitment / survey. The data collected will be analyzed to determine the net reduction in carbon emissions over a 3-6 month period. Success of this first event, will lead to more events and more data and more reductions.

Why We Write In English

The primary language of Word to Action is English because: Climate change is an international problem that needs an international common language Liechtenstein could set a contagious example for the world a mix of German language poems and performances or translations are the hope.

 

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