Can Poetry Save Us from Our Global Environmental Crisis?

I have to admit that, after decades of work as an environmental advocate, I still find it slightly awkward to tell people that my educational training is in fine arts.
But if you think about it for a moment, it makes sense. Environmental solutions, just like poetry, require imagination, vision and passion. I’d bet that, if you take a close look at the staff at our nation’s most effective environmental groups, you’d find not only scientists and public policy experts but also artists, musicians and writers. It’s certainly true at Oregon Environmental Council.
There’s clear evidence that OEC gets results with the way we make change, and it has a lot to do with law, policy and economics. But is there a part of the formula for really transformative change that might actually include poetry?
I recently asked this question of a small crowd gathered for a TedX event near my home town in Minnesota. I’m happy to be able to share it with you, and I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

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