Arizona State theater group is taking climate change to the stage

(Audio by Emma VandenEinde/Cronkite News)

TEMPE – On the heels of COP26 – the world’s largest gathering of nations to collaborate on lowering global carbon emissions – scientists and climate experts are looking for new ways to help people understand the impact of climate change. Instead of presenting information at a global conference or in a bulleted news format, some of them are turning to a different medium: live theater.

In fact, several theater groups around the world are participating in a movement to bring awareness to climate change through short plays, including staging some of the performances in Arizona. Arizona State University students recently did just that through comedic approaches to climate change. It might be unconventional, but in this episode of Arizona in Focus, scientists and drama experts agree that the theater helps us think about climate change in an emotional way.

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Emma VandenEinde EH-muh VAN-din-ine-dee (she/her/hers)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Emma VandenEinde expects to graduate in May 2022 with a master’s degree in journalism. VandenEinde, who has reported for KJZZ, produced for Arizona PBS and edited ASU Thrive, is working for the Phoenix news bureau.