No gesture too small, there is no such thing as insignificant action. Hear from amazing individuals and collectives on the front line for critical, timely and remarkable causes.
Selected currents and waves audio falling under the theme of activism:
Black Lives Didn't Matter: Fungibility & the Black body, Syrus Marcus Ware, 15min
This talk was originally given at a TEDx series event at the University of Toronto. What is the role of art in the struggle for rights? According to Syrus Marcus Ware, a core member of Black Lives Matter Toronto and the coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario's Youth Programs, "If activists are the soldiers, then artists are the street medics". Ware's talk demonstrates how art will always continue to support those fighting for a more just society.
The Standing Rock Resistance & our fight for Indigenous Rights, Tara Houska, 11min
Still invisible and often an afterthought, indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world's water, lands and history - while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of indigenous peoples' land and culture.
Who Needs Artists in a Climate Crises, Dr. Jen Rae, 50min
In this talk Dr. Jen Rae digs deep into how integral artists are in the era of climate change. Rae does not discuss the circumstances that brought us into Climate Change, she instead begins in stating the fact that we are already in the Climate Crises, "we are in the emergency, this is where we are starting." This talk was originally given as part of the City of Melbourne's Raising the Bar Podcast. in November 2019.
One Seed at a time, Carey Fowler, 17min
A TED talk that is over 10 years old, but continues to remain every bit as relevant. The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in Climate Change. Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway. This talk was originally given as a TED talk in August of 2009. For more information visit: www.ted.com.