Some of Minnesota's most active environmentalists are artists. Whether poets or performers, visual artists or musicians, their work consistently focuses on environmental ills.
MPR News' Marianne Combs sat down with a group of such artists to talk about how they use their art to raise awareness of environmental issues that affect their communities:
• Writer and educator Louis Alemayehu explains how he uses storytelling and poetry to bring communities together around environmental concerns, including in an upcoming trip to Bangladesh.
• Visual artist Sarita Zaleha describes her projects "Mourning Global Warming" and "Collapse Clap" which use fabric and video to explore our emotional responses to environmental loss.
• Sandy Spieler, artistic director of In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, talks about the need for hope at a time when many feel the planet is beyond repair.