IN THE AIR

Grae J. Wall

2020

Read the poem at https://tinyurl.com/y2awq2pf

In the air is a poem to seize the moment, a call to come together and believe that we can take action and make a difference. Grae’s writing brings our attention to how we must listen to the youngest of voices, as the young girl empowers the crowd with ‘a song of hope that could awake the globe’. Then Grae encourages us to allow this moment to breathe, to take our place within the movement so that we can mindfully create change together.

The photograph, A break in the clouds, accompanies the poem, showing the light bursting through the clouds, presenting the opportunity for us to make a difference. We must stress that the Climate Crisis is a present reality, not simply a future risk meaning action must happen now.

About the artist

Hello! I’m Grae, I’m a poet, lomographer, songwriter and front-man of Los Chicos Muertos. Recent virtual poetry performances have included Paris Lit Up and The Festival of Ideas. A new collection of poems – The Sound of Revolution – will be published later this year.

How does this piece express intersectionality?

Grae’s poem is about coming together as a community to create change and tackle injustices against people and the planet. The rebellion being led by a young girl challenges the stereotypical image of environmentalists, and gives voice to those who are ‘angry and alive’, but usually unheard.

It highlights that we must extend our arms to this ‘force to be breathed in and held’, where we listen and make space for those who have typically been marginalised. At last, ‘it is a moment to believe’ that all these voices can sing together to reduce the impacts of climate change.

How can you act?

Educate yourself about which social justice issues the Climate Crisis intersects with

Educate yourself about what effective and positive action you can take against the Climate Crisis

Feel closer to nature, and explore the environment through some of our creative pieces

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