On Saturday, June 15, around 350 people gathered on the State House lawn and in the Representatives’ Chamber to watch a variety of acts unified by the theme of climate change. From circus, to dance, to climate-themed skits, Vermonters came together with a common vision– the idea that through art we can begin to understand the struggles we face in the future and motivate ourselves to take compassionate action to protect the natural world.
The Climate Cabaret helped fill the need for emotional understanding of the loss, fear, and opportunities inherent in the reality of climate change. The acts helped strengthen the connection that comes from our shared experience of Irene and other climate disasters.
The event drew a varied crowd. The aerial circus rig grabbed the attention of people passing by on the street, many of whom joined the 350Vermont supporters, artists, activists, environmentalists, children, and others who formed the group of spectators.
After the Cabaret, many relocated to the Goddard Art Gallery on Main Street, which currently features an exhibit on climate change that will run through June 30 on Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-5pm and Fridays & Saturdays 12-7pm.