Care For All

#demonstratingwhileisolating Earth Day Protest

On April 22, 23, & 24, we will find each other at our windows and on our balconies at 7 p.m. (and we will meet virtually on Zoom 15 minutes before the balcony protest to allow us to sense each other so we are together as we chant on our balconies).

Please download or have this sheet handy (below) to join in the chant!

Care For All is an initiative by artist Andrea Haenggi to create a moment of solidarity and to amplify our own voices together with our neighbors, strengthening our localities while acting globally. We are raising our voices at home in social distance to strike a blow for climate and social justice, for all living beings – humans and non-humans – to have the future they deserve.

How it Works

1. Make a protest sign to hold as you chant

2. Join in the collective chant. You can download the chant here

3. State the action you want loud and clear

4. Use pots and pans and your dancing body to express your demands and the joy of people power

5. If you feel comfortable with it, you can support your participation by asking a couple of your neighbors to join you on their balconies or at their windows (in appropriate social distance).

Protest Sign Making:

Use any cardboard or paper that works for you. You may want to put your general demand on one side and on the other list the new habit you have developed during the pandemic that contributes to the health of the Planet.

Notes on the chants:

The COVID-19 emergency has revealed the inequality in our country and in the world. Many corporations are making use of the virus to continue depleting the ecosystem. On March 26th, the US EPA rolled back its pollution regulations, allowing companies to “self-monitor” without penalty for violations (see: https://blog.ucsusa.org/adrienne-hollis/while-you-were-focused-on-covid-19-epa-gave-polluters-free-rein-threatening-at-risk-communities). And the US government has rolled back Obama-era clean air standards, using the pandemic as cover to allow increased air pollution and thus making millions of people and the planet vulnerable (see:https://www.npr.org/2020/03/31/824431240/trump-administration-weakens-auto-emissions-rolling-back-key-climate-policy).

Calling on the plants as her guides, teachers, mentors and performers, Andrea Haenggi (Brooklyn, NY)’s dance research and eco-social art practice creates a form of theater called Ethnochoreobotanography, which simultaneously explores issues regarding ecology, feminism, power, labor and care. To expand her art-activist approach with spontaneous urban plants, in 2017 she co-founded Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) with artists Catherine Grau, Ellie Irons, and Christopher Kenney. Appropriating the acronym EPA – in response to the ongoing rollback of Federal environmental policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the collective’s primary goal is to shift thinking around the terms environment, performance, and agency – using artistic, social, and embodied practices to advocate for the agency of all living performers co-creating our environment.

weedychoreography.com and environmentalperformanceagency.com

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