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The Importance of the Ocean & Waterways for Culture, Health, & Spirituality with Ritmos Climáticos

Mobilizing culture for climate justice through storytelling, art, food, and music.

Project Details

Project dates
12/10/2023  – 25/02/2024
Location
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Mackenzie Kuenz

Project Lead

Ritmos Climáticos is a dynamic community and youth-led movement mobilizing culture for climate justice. Our recent event, "The Importance of the Ocean & Waterways for Culture, Health, and Spirituality," explored this crucial theme through art, music, and storytelling.

Project Description

Ritmos Climáticos presents an initiative that goes beyond conventional climate advocacy – we are a community and youth led movement mobilizing culture for climate justice. In our recent event, “The Importance of the Ocean & Waterways for Culture, Health, and Spirituality,” we delved into this critical topic through the transformative mediums of art, music, and storytelling.

Our lovely speakers, Lucero Gonzalez and Carla Sarmento, shared profound insights into their personal cultural connections with the ocean and water, emphasizing the vital role of spirituality and a deep bond with the ocean and land in building resilience against the socioecological challenges of our time. Attendees engaged in group discussions sharing their thoughts and connections to the topic with the community

The journey continued as Lucero led the group in singing two water songs connecting us with the water in 4 different languages. To finish off the evening with rhythm, Marcelo & Fred got everyone dancing to the beat of Brazilian songs connected to the spirit of the ocean.

Thank you to Ocean Wise and the British Columbian Council for International Cooperation, without your support the event would not have been possible. Join us in mobilizing culture for climate justice.

What was your biggest challenge?

My greatest challenge revolved around event planning and managing uncertainties. Securing commitments and obtaining timely invoices proved to be a significant hurdle. Despite these challenges, I successfully navigated the situation by maintaining open communication, primarily with Katrice from Ocean Bridge, and implementing contingency plans.

What was your most valuable takeaway?

I think my most valuable take away is that people are really interested in engaging in topics related to climate change and justice through arts and culture and that there are not a lot of opportunities to engage in these complex topic in these ways. I think there is a lot of potential in hosting events like this one, in order to build community but also to advance in combatting climate change, fostering youth resilience in environmental movements, promoting an inclusive & accessible environmental sector, encouraging community & democratic engagement, encouraging nature connectedness.

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