11/14/2019 0 Comments
Sixth Street Youth perform climate disruption "We Are Animals" at Who Owns the World Conference!
This Fall, SSYP has gotten off to a great start! In addition to our urban sustainability curriculum, gardening, visual arts, cooking, mindfulness and music workshops, we've started a new climate justice curriculum!
On Friday, November 8th, the Sixth Street kids in collaboration with teaching artist, Gabo Camnitzer debuted their hand-written play, “We Are Animals.” The play featured animals, plants, and “bad guys” from a flying squirrel and mother nature to wildfires and greed. The disruption ties into themes the Sixth Street youth have been learning about, the affects of climate change on plants, animals, and on their generation due to the inaction of adults. The play is a plea for the grown-ups to take action! A radical production, the plants and animals gather to protest these injustices in an animal protest, convincing the audience to come join them. The narrator states, “The animals felt there was hope that the adults would listen and could change the future, but...,” pollution, wildfire, fossil fuels all run onstage and take over! The kids refused to have a happy ending for their play, considering the inaction of adults! The parents are left onstage as the kids bow, and the kids say, “You made this mess, now YOU clean it up!”
The animals and plants watch a round table meeting of the bad guys, including Greed (featured), the IMF, McDonalds, Apple, Amazon, fossil fuels and more!
A big thank you to Gabo Camnitzer for this opportunity and for creating this disruption with us! And a thank you to The New School and the Who Owns the World Conference for hosting these young climate activists!
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