Let’s talk about climate change. Not because we’re so clever and have all the answers, but because ignoring it hasn’t worked out all that well. It’s wonderful to have this conversation in the classroom, but it needs to be everywhere else, too. And it can’t only be for people who did well in science class.
Where else can you talk about climate change?
This performance was part of the annual-esque Mermaid Lagoon, which I co-produce with mermaids extraordinaire Kai Altair and Ali Luminescent. They are both world-famous performers; I am an oceanographer. We make it work.
Bathtubs at weird art events are also a great option. Nobody takes themselves too seriously when they’re listening to a mermaid in a bathtub accompanied by Bioluminescence on the ukulele.
Festivals are a great place to talk about climate change, because the crowd is generally interested and open to learning new things. In 2014, I got to participate in TEDxBlackRockCity and give a talk on El Niño and how it relates to climate change.
My very first Dr. Mermaid performance was at a much smaller festival back in 2012. I’ve taught workshops on natural history, climate change, and oceanography at various festivals throughout the US since then, and I hope to teach more.
I enjoy doing immersive education, but recently I’ve discovered that I can teach others to do their own science teaching. This is so much more fun.