Sun Smiles on Journal Launch

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: the transition into a new decade has been more rocky than happy so far. From devastating bushfires in Australia to deadly floods in Indonesia to the violent raids of indigenous lands by Canadian police on behalf of a fossil fuel company to record heat in Antarctica, our thoughts have been with all living beings at the frontlines of these existential threats.

At the same time, with all these extreme events exposing and amplifying our unsustainable systems of living together on this planet due to the burning of fossil fuels, this is the perfect moment to put as much focus as possible on the solutions to these interconnected problems. And one of those solutions — on the big, transformational scale needed — of course, is the realization of a Green New Deal.

Times of crises are also opportunities to come together in our communities, to reaffirm the good in each other, regenerate our spirits, and get re-inspired to be beacons of positive change. And this human element of manifesting smarter and more circular possibilities of taking care of our physical needs is really at the core of The Art of the Green New Deal.

So… a few Sundays ago we officially celebrated The Art of the Green New Deal’s launch with a casual get together to celebrate, hear stories about some of our inaugural features, and enjoy the company of other creative green new dealers.

The stage was set by David Solnit, who brought the amazing screen prints he produced from the Green New Deal arts kit he curates.

While guests were greeted by a ribboned collage of the Green New Deal Resolution designed by TAO the GND core advisor Debra Baida.

Sven and John kicked things off with Thwart 2020, the latest iteration of a Chemystry Set evergreen, including a new verse about the Green New Deal and how 3.5% of people can move mountains.

We then heard from David about how to make inspirational protest art, from Anne Hamersky and Brie Mazurek about the Food Change, a public art installation currently on display at San Francisco’s Ferry Building, from Stephan Crawford about The Climate Music Project, and from TAO the GND design advisor Gary Barker about his brilliant circular economy invention, the cardboard hanger.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Green New Deal party without some yummy homemade treats sprinkled information.

Everyone left with their possible’s slow fuse lit!

Words by Emily Dickinson; artwork by Julie Searle & David Solnit

Photos by Debra Baida

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