Artist Franke James teams up with musician Sarah Harmer to inspire environmental action
Celebrate Living Green | 7pm Friday, March 30/12 | Empire Theatre, Belleville, Ontario
In January 2007 Franke was just an ordinary citizen concerned about climate change. Then she decided to take action — using words and pictures and making big changes in her own life. Since then, Franke’s visual essays about her personal environmental actions have propelled her into the international spotlight. Franke chose to speak up publicly — first about a green driveway in 2007, which the City of Toronto said would be “illegal”. And then in 2008 by writing a letter to the Prime Minister asking for more government regulations to make polluters pay. And in 2009 by debuting her story “Fat Cat Canada’s Giant Litter Box” at the same time as she travelled to the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen.
Remarkably in 2011 the full impact of these small bits of activism was revealed when she discovered that the Canadian Government was not a fan of her environmental essays… Franke James is going to share her stories with us on March 30th. And tell us why her motto of “doing the hardest thing first” can lead to tremendous personal growth and a recognition of our power as individuals to change our world — starting with ourselves and our own back (or front) yards.
“Franke James’ work is honest, powerful and funny. She has a rare ability to sweep past the polarization and complexity of critical issues and shine a stark spotlight without over simplifying. Her work is not be missed by anyone interested in climate change or the future of Canada!” ~ Tzeporah Berman, Co-director Climate and Energy Greenpeace International
“Franke James is a unique asset to the climate movement: a fearless artist whose work simultaneously bursts with joyfulness and hard-hitting rationale about the current crisis to our planet. Without fail, after reading one of her visual essays, I’m always freshly motivated to address these challenges head-on.” ~ Jess Leber, Environment Editor, Change.org
“The CV presentation by Franke James was both entertaining and eye-opening. Franke provides a valuable perspective from a citizen trying to make a difference that every municipal councillor and municipal planning staff must hear.” Robb Lukes, Water Resources Specialist, Credit Valley Conservation
They are a joint venture of thirteen community groups which include Quinte Conservation, Friends of the Frink Centre, Hastings Stewardship Council, Lower Trent Conservation, Prince Edward Stewardship Council, and the City of Belleville Green Task Force.
About Franke James:
Artist, author, and speaker Franke James is an entertaining and persuasive advocate for the environment. She merges science, art, political savvy, and storytelling to inspire people to take action and ‘do the hardest thing first’ for the planet. Franke is the author of Bothered By My Green Conscience. She has delivered keynote presentations to audiences across Canada and the U.S.A.
“What I liked best about Franke, is that she wasn’t doom and gloom. She was extremely motivating.”
“I loved how her art was her message!”
“The hardest thing I can do for the planet, is to get rid of one of my cars. Who needs two cars? It might not seem like much, but when you live in the country, having a family with one car can be a challenge…and I’m ready for a challenge!” Daniel Orr, Lower Trent Conservation