Did you hear the one about when the glacier and the rabbi went into the bar, well the rabbi was talking, the glacier melted away and did not make it!
Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, with a carbon tax, there were no more cars, so he did not actually cross the road, he lived on it!
Is climate change funny, are you a comedian?
So far i have posted on the themes of imagination, the artist and imagining what the future could be and using the power of the human imagination to create a world where humanity addresses climate change. This has included the visual as well as one play. I have also been reading some clifi – climate fiction, although not yet posted about any of it.
The other day i got an email based on the list serve that i am part of about a contest hosted by the University of Colorado on climate change and comedy.
Here are the details – If you think you can do it- go for it and if you can think of good jokes, send them my way!
Inside the Greenhouse at The University of Colorado-Boulder are holding a comedy & climate change short video competition
1st place: $250 prize ~ 2nd place: $100 ~ 3rd place: $50
Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has power to effectively connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting.
In this call, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful VIDEOS – up to 4 minutes in length – to meet people where they are, and open them up to new and creative engagement.
The winning entry will receive a cash prize, and be shown during the upcoming ‘Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy’ night on March 17 at 7:30pm on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Colorado.
The event will feature a range of comedic approaches, including stand up comedy, sketch and situational comedy, and improv.
The primary audience will be University students along with members of the community in Boulder, Colorado (no age restrictions will be in place).
AWARD CRITERIA: Successful entries will have found the funny while relating to climate change issues. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee composed of students, faculty and graduate students at CU-Boulder.
(1) 1-2 page pdf description of entry, including
A. title of creative work,
B. names and affiliations of all authors/contributors,
C. contact information of person submitting the entry,
D. a statement of permissions for use of content, as necessary, and
E. a 100-word description of the work.
(2) A link to the up-to-4-minute composition, posted on Youtube or
Vimeo or the like
ELIGIBILITY: must be a citizen of Planet Earth; work created since January 2015 is accepted; works must be less than 4 minutes in length, captured through video; CU-Boulder employees are not eligible
· March 1: entries due to firstname.lastname@example.org
· March 14: applicants informed of decisions
· March 17: winning entries shown at ‘Climate and Comedy’ night
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES) Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) Environmental Studies Program Campus Box 488
tel: (303) 735-0451
Danielle K. Garrison
MFA Dance Candidate-Aerial Dance Track
University of Colorado-Boulder
Aerialist, Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Artistic Director and Founder/DKG Dance Entertainment Coordinator and Performer/Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.
Teaching Artist/Colorado Ballet
Tel: (708) 717-4891
This initiative is part of the Inside the Greenhouse project at CU-Boulder. More information is here:
This project acknowledges that, to varying degrees, we are all implicated in, part of, and responsible for greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. We treat this ‘greenhouse’ as a living laboratory, an intentional place for growing new ideas and evaluating possibilities to confront climate change through a range of mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Our project is also associated with the Spring 2016 ‘creative climate communications’ course (ENVS3173/THTR4173) at CU-Boulder.