Environmental Responsibilities: What is our relationship to the natural world?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
There is an increasing presence in the public discourse of expressed commitments to redressing the rampant destruction of lands and waters. Yet, we are still some ways away from the sorts of embedded cultural changes necessary for us a true paradigm shift in our collective environmental responsibility. As a direct and effective investment in redressement remains unexpressed by us and the structures we inhabit, we would do well do question our approach to how we live in, and with, the world. This public conversation will consider our connection to the natural world that surrounds us. Are hierarchized structures of profit systematically opposed to a natural order or can an expressed commitment to sustainability bring about balance? To what extent do social oppressions contribute to apoliticalism in strategies that fail to recognize and meaningfully address root causes of environmental decay?
This conversation is presented in conjunction with Hannah Claus’ installation “earth. sea. sky. constellations for my relations” presented at the MAI from February 15 to March 17. Participants are encouraged to visit the installation ahead of this conversation.
Guests: Hannah Claus, Aaron Vansintjan
Moderator: Emma Haraké
3680 Jeanne Mance st.