Scene from Arctic Cycle play
Scene from an Arctic Cycle play called ‘Forward’ (credit: Kansas State University).

This fall, people are performing short plays about climate change in theatres, classrooms, and even living rooms around the world. It’s all part of an initiative called Climate Change Theatre Action.

Bilodeau: “Sometimes the science can be intimidating and the politics can be divisive. So it’s a way to have a conversation that is more human-based and based in personal experiences and emotions rather than ideologies.”

That’s Chantal Bilodeau, artistic director of the Arctic Cycle, the group behind the global event. She says anybody can volunteer to present a play at a location of their choosing. Participants must select at least one short script from the theater’s collection.

Bilodeau: “They can add poems, dance, songs.”

People are also asked to include an action – anything from signing a petition to having a scientist talk about global warming.

The performances may take place in intimate venues, but they’re livestreamed when possible to reach larger audiences.

This year, Climate Change Theatre Action started in early October and runs through the U.N. climate talks in November, giving these local performances a global significance.

Reporting credit: Rosie Simon/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

Diana Madson

Diana Madson contributed regularly to Yale Climate Connections from 2014 to 2021. She enjoys exploring U.S.-based stories about unexpected and innovative solutions to climate change. In addition to her...