I am so glad to have had the opportunity to do a mutual interview with Kate Shapira, the wonder woman behind Climate Anxiety Counseling––be sure to check out her work! We talked about rhythmic architecture, love, international flights, self-care, and ecosystems, among other things.
This is the first of my interviews with other artists about public/participatory art, climate change, ecology and climate action. Poet, touring cyclist and storyteller Devi Lockwood is on the move, collecting stories of water and climate change. You can read more about her, her process and her travels at One Bike One Year. Devi and I emailed these questions and responses back and forth between Fiji and the U.S.
DL: First question for you: when did you first start becoming anxious about the climate?
KS: Your question has two answers. I started being … provoked, I guess … by the possible effects of climate change (mainly sea level rise) in 2010 or so. But I started feeling real fear and grief and helplessness in the fall and winter of 2013 after reading an article on ocean acidification–so not climate per se, but carbon-caused changes–and ecological decline. And then I…
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