An anthology of creative works devoted to climate justice and the climate crisis and all issues that intersect.
HISTORY & MISSION
This anthology came together as a result of a climate crisis poetry reading organized by Kathryn Mockler and hosted by Extinction Rebellion on September 7, 2019.
The line up included Margaret Christakos, Adam Giles Catherine Graham, Hege Jakobsen Lepri, Khashayar Mohammadi, Terese Mason Pierre, Rasqira Revulva, and Todd Westcott.
It was a moving and powerful event.
We needed a platform to share their work, and so Watch Your Head was born.
It will continue to be a home for climate protest readings as well as a place to present writing, video, art, music about climate justice and the climate crisis.
STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
Indigenous peoples have been at the forefront of environmental activism in Canada since colonization defending land, water, and resources as well as preserving, livelihood, culture, sovereignty in the face of genocide, racism, oppression.
What the Canadian government and the RCMP are doing to land defenders in Wet'suwet'en is just one example of how colonialism continues to this day.
Watch Your Head stands in solidarity with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island.
WE ARE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY
When the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sent the alarm bell in their October 2018 report, the message was we cannot continue on the same path; we must dramatically reduce carbon emissions.
In August of 2019, the IPCC’s reported that the additional stress on land caused by climate change,“exacerbates existing risks to livelihoods, biodiversity, human and ecosystem health,
infrastructure, and food systems.”
Governments are not responding to the call for action by the scientific community.
Global Affects of Climate Change, NASA
The situation is urgent and disproportionately affects BIPOC, and other socially, politically, and economically marginalized communities, in Canada as well as in other parts of the world. The fight for climate justice includes reparations for historically underserved and marginalized communities.
It is up to everyone—including writers and artists—to demand that governments and institutions act immediately to mitigate this crisis.
We cannot go on business as usual.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Join a climate group.
Use your platform to draw attention to the crisis.
Demand action from your politicians.
Alert family and friends to the situation.
SUGGESTED CLIMATE GROUPS
Gidimt’en Yintah Access
Fridays for Future
Climate Justice Toronto
Global Climate Strike
and more recommendations coming soon.