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ANTHROPOCENE

OVERVIEW

ANTHROPOCENE:

the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

 

— Definition from Oxford Languages

 

Economic and technological advancements of the last century have come at a cost. In exhausting our planet’s natural resources, our markets and societies destroy the fundamental constructs of civilization. The catastrophic effects of extreme disasters are exacerbated by climate change and by our lack of action in combating environmental issues. From plummeting biodiversity and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet to the prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa, the devastating Australian wildfires, and the tropical storms that demolished areas of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, the horrors of (un)natural disasters are evident. Millions of people suffer from what is being described as the world’s first “climate change-induced famine” — this environmental pandemic threatens our very existence as it impacts on our rights to food, water, housing and livelihoods.

2021-22 Magazine Publication

Musical Composition

WaterRyogo Katahira
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Artist Statement:

This piece represents a story I’ve written. In the story, the water is not generated naturally due to all the climate change and the environmental destruction. While the institutions that “make” water increase disparity among population, the main characters look for the way to live and to find a solution…
I tried to put the feelings about water that we wouldn’t feel now to the piece; they are such as excitement, cruelty, anxiety and hope. Although the overall atmosphere is positive, there are negative sounds under the positive sounds. I hope that it will encourage some of you to rethink the value of water and our behavior toward the climate and its crisis.

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