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Earth Day Embodied Activism

I.D.A. is a dance, sound, and performance collective, composed of Isabel Umali (dance), Dustin Carlson (music), and Ashley Menestrina (dance). On the occasion of Earth Day on Apr 22, I.D.A., and four invited musicians and performers (Yeman Brown, Lathan Hardy, Satoshi Takeishi, and Kalia Vandever) will stage a sensorial experience focusing on healing, re-birth, human-to-human connection, as an opportunity to raise awareness about environmental justice.

Focusing on carbon emissions and governmental changes to stop global warming often feels out of our hands. Embodied Activism invites us, individually and collectively, to become more mindful of our actions, as this mindfulness can ripple out into how we participate at systemic and organizational levels in the climate awareness fight. The performance also calls us to recognize that those who are most affected and least supported by the fight against global warming are those who are most disenfranchised here in the USA and around the world.

The site-specific participatory performance will take place in the outdoor area of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Social distancing and masks required. 


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Climate Action Resources

The Lower East Side Ecology Center 

The LES Ecology Center has been pioneering community-based models in urban sustainability since 1987. They provide unique e-waste and composting services, environmental stewardship opportunities, and educational programming to all New Yorkers who want to learn about environmental issues and take responsibility for creating solutions through action.  



The Rainforest Alliance 

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. They are building an alliance to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.



GrowNYC Green Space  

Founded in 1975, GrowNYC's Green Space program builds and supports community gardens and urban farms throughout the five boroughs.



GrowNYC's Environmental Education Programs

GrowNYC’s education initiatives aim to foster environmental and community stewardship among young New Yorkers, school by school and classroom by classroom. Each year they provide programming to more than 70,000 youth through recycling and sustainability programs, school garden initiatives and support, nutrition education, Greenmarket school tours, in-school curricula, environmental education, and much more.  They focus on New York City neighborhoods that fit GrowNYC’s priority profile including high poverty, low consumption and limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and limited access to green space.



United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.



Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. They work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.



Gold Standard 

Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions featured the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contributed to sustainable development. With the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, Gold Standard launched a best practice standard for climate and sustainable development interventions, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, to maximise impact, creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.



Green Map NYC 

The Green Apple Map has provided an exciting overview of New York City's progress toward sustainability since 1992.



Donate NYC

By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for New Yorkers in need. donateNYC is an essential part of NYC’s zero waste initiative, helping New Yorkers reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills.


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