I start by describing the heartbreaking effects of ecological disaster: worldwide forest fires, floods, drought, pollution, mass extinctions. The performance comes to a climax with rending my clothing, and covering myself with paint: first grey, then red, while crying out. Then I collapsed onto a cloth, imprinting a body print. Arising, I called for unity:
“We will face this together
We will work together
We will fight together
We will be there for each other, and for the earth.
Together we will find a way.”
The audience chanted with me. Eric Gonzalez-Blitz played percussion accompanying the performance.
This performance of “Climate Grief” was created for a benefit for the Sane Energy Project.