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Sunny Monroe

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How can we use art to build awareness of peak oil and start the public discussion on transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Peak oil is a tough message for people to swallow. Most of the people writing on it spin a tale of food shortages, economic collapse, and oil wars that our beloved technology cannot save us from. But there are things to be hopeful and curious about in a post-oil world. I believe that lowering our reliance on oil will force us to build stronger communities, produce less non-biodegradable plastic, drive less, move around more, and reconnect with the earth. I also believe there is an audience out there that is ripe for this message, but it must be delivered in a way that inspires curiousity, empowerment, and hope. How can we use art - public art, music, online, etc - to start this public conversation?


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    Feb 4 2012: Brilliant point Leonard, I have to say I agree.

    I don't think Sunny and I were suggesting ALL art was like this (like you said), just the handful that wanted to make a difference and whether or not this would be a good way to raise awareness about peak oil and such. And perhaps you are right, that this might not be art anymore, but a tool to spread ideas.

    Perhaps what I really mean is - particularly from the music perspective - that I wish more people would care, especially if they are in a position of influence. I would never try and force it upon anyone - it does have to be ones choice - but I do wish.

    Perhaps a more personalised question for you Leonard might be "Is there a way to catalyse the recognition of artist whom wish to inform or highlight current issues through their work, so that important messages and pressing issue can be received through the means of an artistic medium?"
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      Feb 6 2012: I suppose an "art collective" with this agenda should exist.?? I would be interested to find out, If anybody knows any names or places ?
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        Feb 7 2012: Oh wow! Wouldn't that be exciting? Almost like a TED ART. Perhaps a good question to ask the TEDsters.

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