Women, the arts and climate change come together in London this June for a ground breaking two-day event. The International Summit and Arts Festival curated by Invisible Dust presents the event, “Under her Eye: Women and Climate Change,” which will include the Booker-prize winning author Margaret Atwood. Taking place at the British Library and other venues near Kings Cross, the event runs for the first two days of June and tickets go on public release March 8, 2018.
The two-day Summit and Arts Festival will elaborate on the role of women taking action on climate change at the international art-science summit. The International Summit and Arts Festival will shed light on the rising tides of climate change and the arts and sciences, exploring issues about air, land and sea, organized across the wider King’s Cross area, including three major Invisible Dust commissions from acclaimed artists Gayle Chong Kwan (“At the Crossroads: Microclimate Sensory Banquet” installation), Kasia Molga (“Human Sensor LDN” performance) and Margaret Salmon (new film “Shore”).
The two-day event invites the acclaimed and extremely popular author Margaret Atwood to be the ambassador. The author’s line from “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “under his eye,” is used aptly to title the event. Atwood’s much-admired and acclaimed works of speculative fiction derive from the ideas and issues of climate change, science, gender, capitalism and politics. Atwood’s works, especially the “The MaddAddam Trilogy” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” suggest compelling renditions of the future that paints a picture both familiar as much as it is beyond imagination. Atwood has given birth to a whole new genre inspiring a generation of “Cli-Fi” writers and her contribution has recently been much popularized by the adaptation of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” for the television series of a same title which recently swept her fans away, winning awards at the Golden Globes and Emmys.
“Under Her Eye” will bring Atwood together on stage along with a vast range of pioneering women who are all working globally to contribute to the same cause to tackle the environmental challenges of recent times through art, science, health, technology, finance, activism, leadership and policy, all of which are tied together with the connecting chords of arts and with the power to tell these urgent stories, sparking conversations and inspiring changes.
“This isn't climate change; it’s EVERYTHING change,” says “Under Her Eye” ambassador and speaker, Margaret Atwood. Atwood will be joined by an international array of speakers including Caroline Lucas MP, Co-Leader UK Green Party; Hakima El Haité, Moroccan Minister for the Environment and COP22 Host; Maaike Van Min, former Head of Strategy and Development, Marie Stopes; Laura Tenenbaum, former Senior Science Editor, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; and Gayle Chong Kwan, Under Her Eye festival commissioned award-winning artist, among others.
“This summit is extremely exciting, because it brings together women, the arts and the fight against climate change. We know that women in the arts give a unique perspective when it comes to climate change — and that they will have an important role to play in the future. There is a rich history of women guarding our environment — which is why they should be front and central to efforts aiming to counteract climate change,” said “Under Her Eye” speaker, Caroline Lucas, MP.
Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, has firmly asserted that, “the challenges of climate change cannot be solved without empowering women.”