By Robert Walton, University of Melbourne, written for The Conversation
Republishing of my article for The Conversation (8 July 2013). It received an amazing response from readers with 80+ comments and many shares and retweets. To see them visit the original article. Thank you to The Vacuum Cleaner for the image.
Preventing catastrophic climate change is the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced. Instead of being overwhelmed, the performing arts community has a leading part to play in imagining a sustainable future of rich and meaningful experiences.
Let’s not deny it, for many of us (myself included) climate change has slipped into the background over the last few years. It just seems too big for individuals to tackle. Media coverage of climate change news has fallen despite an increase in urgent stories and the extraordinary rise of social networking.
The performing arts is a tough sector to survive in, even at the best of times. Who has time for inconvenient truths when the wolf is at the door? But Bill McKibben’s recent visit to Australia, the stalling of international climate change talks in Bonn, the Australia 2050 Report and the Tipping Point Australia Forum might all be enough to rekindle our sector’s awareness of the big challenges.