St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Presents: Climate Change, John Muir, and the Sierra Nevada

Nature as a Temple
Climate Change, John Muir, and the Sierra Nevada
1 Pianist, 1 Lecturer, 1 Audience Discussion

Lecturer: Dr. Michael Kunz
Audience Discussion: You
When: November 12, 2017
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
120 N. Hall Visalia, CA 93277
Time: 2:30 p.m.

This event is part of ClimateKeys, a global initiative launching with over thirty concerts in nine countries during October & November 2017 to raise public engagement with CoP23, the 2017 United Nations climate talks taking place in November in Bonn, Germany. ClimateKeys, founded by London-based composer/pianist Lola Perrin, features concert pianists and climate change experts collaborating in performances that include a conversation with the audience about positive response to climate change. To date, over a hundred concert musicians and guest speakers in twenty countries have joined ClimateKeys. More concerts are being planned through 2018.

The environmental music project ClimateKeys invites pianists and climate experts from all over the world to come together to raise public awareness on climate change. The is a series of concerts, starting in autumn 2017, it combines piano performances and open discussions on climate, empowering the audience to better understand the issues and the opportunities behind climate change.

“Artists are useful for filtering climate messages in ways that can be processed more readily through emotions, and direct interaction with experts can inspire the public to make climate change part of their conversations,” say ClimateKeys founder, Lola Perrin.

While climate change and its effects increasingly impact every aspect of our daily lives, public occasions to engage with climate specialists remain limited. Creating opportunities for discussion with experts, as part of cultural events such as piano concerts, can contribute to boosting public engagement with climate change issues and mobilizing citizens around the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

John Hord, a pianist from Fresno, and Michael Kunz, a professor at Fresno Pacific University, have combined to create a local ClimateKeys program. This Sunday, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Visalia, the two will come together with their music and their science expertise to create an opportunity for discussion about the local impact of climate change.

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