Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate: Where Art Meets Air
Climate change is affecting our state’s varied regions and residents in different ways, but all Minnesotans have a story to tell. The TPT production “Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate,” part of Climate Generation’s Climate Minnesota: Local Stories, Community Solutions project, showcases six of these stories, along with narration from some of the state’s leading climate experts. The full production and the individual story clips are intended to serve as an educational and inspirational resource to build Minnesotans’ awareness of climate impacts and encourage the sharing of climate stories across the state.
Art conservator Kristin Cheronis and her team spend their workdays “where art meets air,” maintaining and preserving various Twin Cities outdoor sculptures. In her work, she sees how quickly “dirt” and other particles accumulate on the sculptures, giving her a unique perspective on how the pollution we put into our atmosphere impacts public works, as well as other things we value and seek to protect. Unlike the carbon emissions fueling climate change, the particles she deals with are visible and thus their impact is more readily apparent. However, since both types of pollution typically originate from similar sources, her work to preserve public art can be interpreted as an analogy for the work to preserve the environment from the impacts of planet-warming emissions.
Download the free accompanying Minnesota Stories in a Changing Climate Discussion Guide here.