Recognizing the climate crisis is one of the most critical issues of our time, Southampton Arts Center has partnered with the Carbon CREW Project, Drawdown East End, and filmmaker and activist Damon Gameau to present a virtual festival to inspire action in regenerating our earth and reversing climate change.
Drawdown Festival — Tools for Regeneration: Forums, Fun, Films will take place from Friday, January 21 through Sunday, January 23. Virtual talks, workshops, films, a youth program, and much more will be presented featuring local, regional, and global experts in a number of categories ranging from food and farming to fashion and model towns. More information and link to register can be found at southamptonartscenter.org/drawdown.
“Art and collaboration are essential in effecting positive change,” said Tom Dunn, SAC executive director. “We know there are viable solutions to reversing global warming, and now more than ever we need to act on them. SAC has long demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the environment through meaningful and inclusive exhibitions, engaging artists who use their talents to focus on conservation and activism. Our collaborative partnerships with environmental organizations and civic groups is critical. We’re excited to present this timely, important festival with Carbon CREW Project, Damon Gameau, and Drawdown East End.”
“In the wake of our climate crisis, the 2022 Drawdown Festival is here to motivate, and to inspire not only hope but action that will contribute to lasting and meaningful change” added Dorothy Reilly, co-founder of Carbon CREW Project and Drawdown East End. “As we all reflect on the heavy toll of the last few years, this January’s Drawdown Festival brings an opportunity to come together and become the solution.”
Inspired by environmentalist Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown” — the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline — Drawdown East End is a grassroots group that that seeks to inspire and support people in the community to engage in solutions that achieve drawdown. The festival, open to participants of all ages and presents viable solutions to reversing global warming in ways that all understand and appreciate.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices and the founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed
Damon Gameau is an award-winning writer, director, author and activist. His latest project, “2040,” is one of the highest grossing Australian documentaries of all time and is currently being released internationally. Following the success of the film, “2040: A Handbook for a Regeneration” was published in 2020 as a visionary how-to guide to inspire practical solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change.
Joining Hawken and Gameau for the SAC event will be various panelists who will discuss topics such as soil sequestration, sea sequestration, climate cuisine, educating women and girls, web resources for regeneration, communications, consumption, environmental preservation and protection, and much more. Session curators include Montauk Seaweed Supply Co. founder Sean Barrett, Long Island University professor and author of “Gratitude and Climate Change” Scott Carlin, North Fork Environmental Council vice president Mark Haubner, Carbon CREW Project co-founder Sheila Pfeiffer, and journalist Alexandra Talty.