Miami is in desperate need of a wake-up call when it comes to climate change. In order to engage the public and educate more people, there's Climakaze Miami. The weekend-long festival of arts and awareness takes place Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24, and is produced by FUNdarte and the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.
In its second year, the event focuses on bringing together artists and speakers in a unique setting. Climakaze’s artistic director, Elizabeth Doud, says she urges Miamians "to use culture as a portal into these complex conversations [about climate change] and as a way to take action.”
Part of the programming will feature a Friday movie screening of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, followed by Saturday's day-long conference with panel discussions and live performances, and Sunday's excursion of Biscayne Bay. The one-day roundtable discussion will include members of the Office of Resilience from Florida Atlantic University, as well as environmental policy workers.
Attendees returning after last year’s event can expect some changes. For one, four artists with very different performing styles aim to encourage awareness through their performances.
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Doud says one of the event's goals is to raise awareness of the historic content climate in Miami. It will touch on several industries that have contributed to the climate crisis. There will also be an emphasis on the various cultures, voices, and perspectives that could shed new light on the issue.
"It's terrifying to see the direction we are moving and the lack of urgency people seem to have,” she says. "It's important to focus on what kind of societies we want to create.” And Climakaze wants to encourage citizens to adopt an environmentally friendly attitude that will benefit everyone in the long run, she adds. At the end of the day, none of us wants our city underwater.
Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24. For a complete schedule of events, visit climakazemiami.org.