Performing Arts



Performance artists are using their means of expression to talk about climate change. Composers, musicians, dancers, actors, and others all have used their work to explore the changing climate and its impact on the world around us.

  • The astonishing Italian composer, Ludovico Einaudi flew to the Artic to play his Elegy for the Artic on the ice.
  • George Shea, whose play Dr. Keeling’s Curve, starring Mike Farrell, opened in 2018 in Santa Monica; and Bess Wohl whose Continuity premiered in 2019 in New York.
  • Coldplay decided before Thanksgiving, 2019, not to tour its latest album, Everyday Life, citing environmental concerns. Chris Martin said, on behalf of the band, “The hardest thing is the flying side of things. Our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it largely solar-powered.”
  • Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and Billie Eilish are among the artists who have made efforts to lessen the substantial carbon footprint that touring creates, from using biodiesel fuel in their buses and other vehicles to banning plastic from the venues in which they play. In partnership with the nonprofit environmental organization Reverb, over the past 15 years Matthews and his group — who were named a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations for their efforts — have recycled 338,000 gallons of waste, composted 138,000 pounds of food, supported 2,100 family farms and clocked 24,500 volunteer hours.
  • Bay Area dance choreographer, K. T. Nelson, is fighting climate change with dance.
  • The New York Times published a top ten list of pop climate change songs after looking at lyrics from all artists in the last two years of Billboard charts, finding 192 references to climate change.
  • And, in February, 2022 Rain and Zoe will open about two Washington State teenagers embarking on a motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protestors on the East Coast. Written by Crystal Skillman, with original music by Bobby Cronin. directed by Hersh Ellis, it is produced by Drew & Dane.
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