Creative Ways of Presenting Climate Change –

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-07-09/classical-music-album-about-climate-challenges-surprise-atop-charts

Christopher Tin, composer of the classical album ‘The Drop That Contained The Sea,’ presents the ever-growing concern of climate change through an original medium – music. Tin composes pieces intended to represent and reflect nature and all it has to offer. His pieces feature classical sounds that resemble things ranging from the frightening crash of waves up against ocean rocks to the pleasant, sweet sound of sprinkling water falling from the clouds. As a musician myself, I was extremely excited to hear Tin’s music. His music made me think. Will there be a time when that sweet sound of water hitting the roof is a rare one? Will there be a time when you can no longer hear the rustling of grass, the chirping of birds, or the crunching of crisp leaves? I hate to envision a world without these sounds. Tin’s music personifies nature and allows people to sympathize with the struggles it is facing.

Tin says, “The message [of the album] is that, essentially, in the coming century water, and water management, is going to be the most important global issue to all people and across all countries.” I find it fascinating and creative that although Tin may not be an all-around-sciency-guy (although he may be), he wanted to get the word out about climate change in a way that he knew best and that he knew he was good at. In regards to that quote, I believe that it adds a strong dynamic to the article and truly captures Tin’s character and intentions.

As we discussed in class, people are going to be less likely to pay attention to something if they have to sit down and read more than a few hundred words. I believe that so much can be taught through the use of all types of mediums – writing, art, music, etc.

Are there other ways that climate change could be presented other than journal articles, papers, and news reports? What are some things that journalists themselves can do in order to ‘spice’ up the way that scientific topics, such as climate change, are presented? Do you believe that journalists should be striving to collaborate with people, such as Tin, in order to give their work a new dynamic and therefore reach a new, wider audience? Anything in particular that you liked about the article? (My favorite aspects were the quotes by Tin).

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About heathercnet

19, University of Michigan student, Michigan Marching Band

2 Responses to “Creative Ways of Presenting Climate Change –”

  1. Just the other day I was looking at photos (gifs) of California drying up (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/california-drought-gifs_n_5843534.html), which is another creative way that made me think about climate change. It was especially powerful because in was a local setting, and not pictures of ice melting in the arctic regions thousands of miles away from me. I think a way journalists can “spice up” scientific topics is by collaborating with people that are taking creative or innovative approaches in conveying scientific issues, like Tin. These creative or innovative people become the “show not tell” component of the story. By focusing on creative efforts in spreading awareness about a given issue, journalists can highlight the visual or sensual sides of a topic that is otherwise hard to comprehend, and this allows journalists to reach a larger audience.

  2. I really liked his piece and I like that it was sung in multiple languages with poems and stories related to water. It’s interesting to me that you presented this topic for discussion because I just attended a presentation in which a scientist/artist, Dr. Adelstein, talked about how she has integrated science and art. She showed a video that had students dancing in front of a screen that shimmered like water. Over the music, Dr. Adelstein told the story of how the rivers where she studies were once full of clams, but now all they could find were dead ones. The dancers portrayed themselves as clams that were dying. She used the art of dance combined with music and imagery to tell a story of a problem that is affecting our environment. She stated something very powerful, saying that the death of these clams may not seem important, but the story they tell is: they are showing us that our environment is sick. I think art can be used to communicate environmental problems to people beyond a journal format, however I think the message should be made clear by the artist. Tin states “it doesn’t matter if people don’t understand Old Norse, or Lango or Bulgarian. He wants people, first and foremost, to enjoy his music. And if they also get the message behind it, even better.” His primary purpose is creating something for people to enjoy, not get the message across. If artists want their art to affect people in an environmental way, they need to make their message clear.

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