This year, we’re stepping away from the formal conference and hosting a vibrant educational faire – a carnival! – where traditional keynote speakers & plenary panels can come alive with artistic expression, hands-on workshops, deep community interaction, live music, a film room and more…
Saturday’s carnival will include hands-on activities, short films, education tables, local organization booths, artists and vendors boasting eco-friendly products or services, live music, artistic performances, food vendors, and several speaker sessions throughout the day. The evening will wrap up with an After Party.
Interested in Participating? Fill out our 2017 Climate Carnival Participation Form
THE TAN AND SOBER GENTLEMEN
Lobo Marino, a Richmond-based duo whose elegantly eerie chant-like intones soar over drone-vibing world-fused folk music built primarily on harmonium, bass drum and other various instruments.
Named after the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, they draw from a rich palette of international influences. Their infectious hooks and intoxicating vocals are both hypnotically spiritual and deeply soulful.
TRIANGLE RAGING GRANNIES
The Raging Grannies are an international “dis-organization” of older women who work for peace, justice, and planetary sustainability through song and humor. They write their own biting lyrics to old familiar melodies, and then bring their message to the public whenever and wherever it needs to be heard, whether they’re invited or not. In their signature Granny hats, shawls, and aprons, when the Raging Grannies sing, people take notice! We hope to bring our songs about fracking, pipelines, the elimination of the EPA, and other abominations to the Climate Carnival.
LIVE ART WITH EMILY WIMBISH
Artist, performer, out-of-the-box thinker, activist, landscaper, dress-up enthusiast, and all-around-weirdo based out of central North Carolina. Emily Wimbish will be live painting performances at Climate Carnival!
AWAKE: YOGA FOR CLIMATE AWARENESS, with Katie Johnson of Wildflower Soul Yoga
This practice is more meditation than asana, bringing us into deep connection with the divine feminine energy (Shakti) that vibrates within us and throughout the universe. Shakti is the embodiment of action, transformation, and rising awareness. In stirring up this inner vibration we cultivate clarity as to how we activate around climate crisis and align to how we can affect change.
My intention in offering yoga instruction arises from the inner transformation that came through my own experiences along the meandering path of life through the teachings of Tantra, yoga philosophy, and Prana Vinyasa Yoga. The term “wildflower” sprang to life as a moniker for the overarching offering of my soul to yours due to the sahaja (spontanaeous) nature of wildflowers- blooming wherever their seeds may be transported by the wind (vayus) of Mother Nature. The divine seed (bija) that contains within it the beauty of a tender flower represents the extreme wisdom we all contain within our minds and hearts- watering this seed with our breath, meditation, and yoga practices draws the innate wisdom from the seed into the light. My offering is simple: to tend the garden of sacred space so that your souls have a place to land and blossom through practice.
Donald Addu is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. He has spent the last decade advocating for renewable energy and action on climate change. Donald founded the first Citizens Climate Lobby group in North Carolina 6 years ago and is currently the Mid-South Regional Coordinator managing over 25 active groups spanning the Carolina’s, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, all on a volunteer basis. Donald’s primary focus is grass roots organizing along with direct Congressional lobbying on the federal level.
A Mother in-law and daughter in-law duo working to heal themselves, heal others and save the planet, one drop at a time, though ceremony, the old ways, yoga, women’s empowerment, therapy and healing touch.
At Climate Carnival, UniverSoul Balance will be educating folks on working with essential oils to: make green cleaners around the home, how to make bath products, how to make simple gifts, how to use them as air fresheners and how to support emotion and physical health using essential oils. They will drop some knowledge on the impact that commercial cleaner use and manufacturing is having on climate change. They will also empower people to begin using essential oils that are ethically sourced and rigorously tested to ensure they are using safe and pure products.