November 15, 2020
In-School EcoArts Program

In-School EcoArts Program Continues Nov 2020

The in-school EcoArts Program integrates the science of ecology with artistic media, deepening students’ imagination for a healthy, vibrant world. Thanks to the Del Sur Foundation and Willow Grove Foundation, we are pleased to announce that EcoArts is now serving two elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District —that's 2,000 young eco artists!

Our unique program features art history, wildlife recordings, diverse media, and museum specimens, enhancing both childhood environmental literacy and artistic expression. Students learn art and ecology vocabulary, exercise creative thinking, and engage in the wider cultural dialogue surrounding environmental topics. Through art, we engage emotionally with natural systems, human health, and our own quality of life.

We are excited to continue developing exploratory, solution-oriented programming for students and schools. Our program is committed to sourcing class materials responsibly with upcycled and earth-friendly items.

You may follow along on our eco art journey on our program partner page or Instagram A special thank you to Parachute Arts for making this program possible.

March 26, 2020
EcoArts TV

EcoArts TV - EcoArts Superhero Fashion Sketch

Join us on an EcoArts Adventure as we learn how to draw superheroes equipped to take on fashion's toughest challenges! Together we will learn about clothing design, how to draw your most stellar superhero, and why it’s important to know your clothing fiber. Learn how to sketch a human figure, then turn it into a superhero with special world-saving powers!

Be sure to take a photo of your finished art piece and send it to your teachers, or tag @ecoartskids and @ecoartsfoundation on instagram! Happy sketching!

Get your Superhero Fashion Design < PDF.

November 23, 2019
In-School EcoArts Program

In-School EcoArts Program Continues

The In-School EcoArts Program currently serves youth grades PreK-5. Over the course of the next three years, EcoArts and Parachute are authoring eco-art lessons and projects per age group that will be reused and tailored to future students of all levels.

October 20, 2019
EcoArts TV

EcoArts TV episode 1 (pilot) released by EcoArts Foundation

EcoArts Foundation presents the release of our first television programming segment!

We’d love to do more of this work, so please share with other eco art and environmental education lovers!

Thank you TONS to our team of outstanding volunteers for making this pilot possible. Thank you for helping to build social impact, community engagement, and a more ecologically-minded culture! It couldn’t have been done without Episode Editor Extraordinaire @anthonydohoonkim

Thank you to the City of Palmdale @cityofpalmdale for the opportunity to leverage "edu-tainment" in EcoArts’ signature environmental film vignettes, showcasing work by eco artist @noambedein, filmmakers @spiralpacific, actor @piperdesigns and @adventurehydrology in playful, creative style.

Thank you so much @ecoartsfoundation @climatesciencealliance @spiralpacific @adventurehydrology @Christyp.83 @brittanancarrow @johnbeithen @cynthiamatzke @ashleymazanec @RobertFitzgerald @chriswolff @robinpiper @cityofpalmdale @gps_alum @piperdesigns @raeirelan

#film #eco #environment #ecoarts #Ecoentertainment #oceanfriendly #environment #education #edutainment #environmentaleducation #enviroedutainment #edu #ecoedu #ecofilm #documentary #ecology #earth #lifebelowwater #sdg14 #plasticfree #stopsucking #protectwhatyoulove #cleansunscreen #biofuel #deadsea #drought #regeneration #ecosystemrevival #oceanhealth #citizensceince #nationalpark #caves #adventure #outdoors #ecofilm

October 11, 2019

Ashley Mazanec on Tiny Climate Challenge podcast

"In Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 9 our Guest Expert Ashley Mazanec talks about the importance of EcoArts in addressing our climate crisis." ~ Mayela

Tiny Climate Challenge is a podcast dedicated to helping busy people save the planet by completing one simple eco-challenge at a time. Mayela's episodes are in 2 parts. There's an "expert" episode which educates us on a particular topic. Then there's a "challenger" episode on the same topic where someone has accepted "the challenge" and along with Mayela discuss their experience. Ashley was the expert on this episode.

From Mayela's show notes:

Ashley Mazanec is an environmental policy and non-profit professional, eco-art educator, and eco musician committed to optimizing human and environmental health. As Assistant Executive Director of the San Diego Energy District, she is deeply invested in the future of clean energy in San Diego. Founding EcoArts Foundation in 2016 led to her current position in teaching and programming eco-art education at Del Sur Elementary.

EcoArts Foundation's mission is to inspire the regeneration of Earth's ecosystems with creative media, events, and performance. Ashley has advanced this mission by producing: environmentally-themed music, an EcoArts TV production for the City of Palmdale, an educational eco art series generously funded by the Tommy Short Foundation, and the Let's Talk About the Weather podcast -- which explores ecological topics through the eyes of artists. She serves as a Sustainability Advisor for the City of Del Mar, and co-producer for ocean films with Spiral Pacific. Current board positions include the eco-village development nonprofit Local Earth, Citizens Coordinate for Century III, and the pioneer of San Diego's first EcoDistrict -- beautifulPB. Ashley is a partner and affiliated artist at the Climate Science Alliance.

Ashley has been endowed with numerous awards from 2015 to 2017, including Global Policy and Strategy Fellowship, US-Israel Center for Innovation and Economic Sustainability Lead Fellowship, and Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Scholarship to the Artists and Climate Change Inaugural Incubator. She holds her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy, where she served as Net Impact UCSD Graduate Chapter President. Coverage on her activities can be found on KPBS, The Union Tribune Coastal, Voyager, podcast and radio interviews.

Links mentioned
Encinitas Restaurants
Other Mentions
September 27, 2019
In-School EcoArts Program

In-School EcoArts Program Starts

Our new EcoArts Program integrates the science of ecology with art media, deepening students’ sense of place and imagination for a healthy, vibrant world.

Artistic expression is critical to childhood development, socialization, creative thinking skills, and cultural engagement. This program features wildlife recordings, visual imagery, museum specimens, and art history to increase environmental literacy and curiosity. Students will come home artistically engaged with natural systems, human health, and their own quality of life.

We are excited to develop exploratory, solution-oriented, and collaborative artwork with students. Our program is committed to sourcing class materials responsibly with upcycled and earth-friendly items.

You may follow along our year’s eco art journey on our program partner's page. A special thank you to Parachute Studio and the Del Sur Education Foundation for making this program possible.

April 12, 2019
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Zack Rago: Diving In with Chasing Coral Co-Star

ZACKERY RAGO is the Youth Outreach Manager for Exposure Labs' Chasing Coral Impact Campaign and is thrilled to engage youth around the globe through science, art, and passion.

Zack’s passion for coral reefs began in the Hawaiian Islands where he spent his childhood summers under the waves of the Pacific. His infatuation with coral led to a position in the marine aquarium industry for 4 years before bringing his passion to Teens4Oceans and View Into The Blue. He received a degree in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a talented reef aquarist and long-time scuba diver, he is dedicated to communicating the story of coral through science and art.

Links Mentioned

Contact Zack Rago

March 22, 2019
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Beverly Naidus: Superwoman Remediating Superfund Sites

Beverly Naidus is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. While developing an innovative studio arts curriculum, she has been creating interactive installations, digital projects, artist books and narrative and conceptual drawings for over three decades. Much of her work is audience-participatory, inviting people to tell their own stories in response to the theme being explored. Inspired by the lived experience, topics in her art focus on environmental and social issues, including how we are individually and collectively affected by racism, climate change and multiple forms of systemic oppression.

Her unique courses at UWT emerge from her own projects and include Art in a Time of War, Cultural Identity and Art, Body Image and Art, Eco-art, Labor, Globalization and Art and the Artist as Visionary and Dreamer. She is the author of Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, numerous essays on socially engaged art and pedagogy and some recent pieces of speculative fiction. She has taught at several NYC museums, Carleton College, Cal State Long Beach, Hampshire College, Goddard College and the Institute for Social Ecology. She has guest lectured and led workshops all over North America and in Europe.

She facilitated and designed the permaculture-inspired, eco-art project, Eden Reframed, on Vashon Island, WA, funded by the Royalty Research Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in mainstream museums, university galleries, alternative spaces, and city streets. It has been reviewed and discussed by many significant writers, including Lucy R. Lippard, Suzi Gablik, Paul Von Blum and Lisa Bloom.

As part of her new collective, ARTifACTs, she is collaborating on an interactive, multidisciplinary project about the future. “We Almost Didn’t Make It,” imagines the artifacts (and stories that emerge from them) found by our descendants that give them insights into the risks taken by activists (their ancestors) that allowed the descendants to exist. It’s an audience participatory and multi-media work that gives participants the opportunity to imagine the artifacts that their descendants might find.

Topics & Links Covered in This Episode

Joanna Macy - Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age

Beverly Naidus- Eden Reframed

Beverly Naidus - Soil Remediation

Pesticides originally developed as bio warfare during World War II

Beverly Naidus on Panic and Despair about Climate Change - We Almost Didn’t Make It

UW Tacoma YouTube - We Almost Didn't Make It - Beverly Naidus

Pete Seeger “Lots of teaspoons can fill a pail” (The teaspoon brigade)

Children & Nature Network - Nature Deficit Disorder

No More "Nature-Deficit Disorder" - The "No Child Left Inside" movement

Beverly Naidus Book: One Size Does Not Fit All

Beverly Naidus Book: Art in a Time of War

Book: Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame

Non violent communication

Beverly Naidus - Labor Globalization and Arts class

Beverly Naidus - So you want to be an eco-artist? Lessons in Grief and Gratitude

Beverly Naidus - Portable Altars for Grief and Gratitude

Beverly sits on the Puyallup Nation Land

Contact Beverly Naidus

On Facebook: Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame

Download: Naidus-Art CV 2018

Eco-art Project’s Blog: Eden Reframed: Eco-art Meets Permaculture Design on Vashon Island

Beverly Naidus: Academia, University of Washington Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Faculty Member

Beverly Naidus: Wikipedia

February 21, 2019
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Noam Bedein: Photographic Story Teller Noam Bedein Advocates Dead Sea Revival

Beginning in April 2016, environmental visual arts activist Noam Bedein began documenting the treasures of the Dead Sea, gathering evidence of new dramatic geological phenomena and measuring the constant and rapid receding water level.

Scientists are warning that if something is not done immediately, all that will remain of the Dead Sea will be a small pool of salt water.

His mission is to share the incredible beauty of this World Heritage Site using many forms of visual arts; such as a photo exhibition display and virtual reality  demonstration, all for sounding the alarm of its imminent disappearance. Since founding Dead Sea Revival Project he has been recognized by National Geographic and CNN/VR.

Links mentioned

Follow #RestoreHistoricalFlow

Guest Contact Info

Noam Bedein

Dead Sea Revival Project

Noam Bedein on Instagram

February 9, 2019
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Aaron Ellison & David Buckley Borden: Ellison and Borden Amplify Ecological Culture with Design and Landscape Architecture

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Ecologist & Deputy Director at the Harvard Forest, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004/2012), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), Stepping in the Same River Twice: Replication in Biological Research (2017), Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution (2018), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest. On Wednesdays, he works wood.

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David's projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Driven by research and community outreach, his work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.

David's place-based projects have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Artlab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University and continues to work with researchers as a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?” David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and worked at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.

Links mentioned

The Suffocating Embrace of Landscape and the Picturesque Conditioning of Ecology

Aaron Ellison

Aaron’s Wikipedia page

Aaron’s Amazon Author page

Aaron at Harvard Forest (Harvard University's 4000 acre laboratory & classroom Long Term Ecological Research site since 1988)

Aaron The Unbalanced Ecologist

Aaron on Twitter @AMaxEll17

Email Aaron Ellison

David Buckley Borden

David at

Associate Fellow (Designer-In-Residence) at Harvard Forest

Hemlock Hospice Art/Science Installation & Exhibition by David Buckley Borden

David at the Santa Fe Art Institute

January 25, 2019

MIKO, a space between

Miko: a space between features 12 women: 9 dancers and 3 musicians, who fearlessly move to understand, to mend and to uplift the interwoven relationships within themselves, each other and the space. Miko: a space between is a dance made in response to the current climatic crisis and increased acts of hatred, xenophobia, racism and sexism and humbly asks how can dance help? Miko: a space between weighs how small gestures of kindness can have endurance over our whole lives.Miko: a space between is a danced ecology that’s investigates if dancing with places and others can create a felt experience of reciprocity between oneself, others and environments. Miko: a space between is a dance performance that nurtures intimate and expansive spaces for both audience and dancers to emerge with insights into the roles one plays within the planetary continuum. Miko: a space between has urgent concerns for our shared habitats. Miko: a space between places hope in generosity and responsibility. Miko: a space between is shoreline, lawns and tall corridors. Miko: a space between is women. Is webs. Is waves. Is clouds. Is hands, connectors, made, unmade, becoming, and meeting you.

Miko: a space between was awarded and is grateful for the support of a Creating Conversations Interdisciplinary Grant from Arts and Humanities at University of California at San Diego. This grant includes oceanographers Noél Gutiérrez-Brizuela and Lauren Kim, musician Kathryn Schulmeister and choreographer, Aurora Lagattuta. As part of this project, this performance aims to create repeatable scores and performance materials for groups to engage with along shorelines in order to sharpen one’s awareness and sensations with the sounds, sights, mechanics, and issues of the local environment in which they live. The team’s greatest hope is to create experiential and humanistic approaches to oceanic data that reveal a changed perception of shorelines as an embodied and ecological necessity.

November 10, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Mario Benassi: A Walk on the Wild Side of Environmental Film

Mario Benassi is a producer, director and cinematographer dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity. National Geographic, PBS and Discovery Channel are just a few of the many organizations Benassi has worked with.

Acclaimed for filming in rugged and remote jungles, Benassi has put himself in extreme situations to capture intimate moments with truly amazing wildlife. He now resides in Haines, Alaska where he continues to document the wonders of nature exposing how pollution and other environmental issues affect the ecosystems.

As founder of Wildside Productions, an organization that uses media, presentations and live animal encounters to create environmental awareness, Benassi’s goal is to inspire the preservation of the Earth’s beauty.

Links mentioned

Marty Stouffer's Wild America.

Ginger Kathrens and The Cloud Foundation protecting and preserving America's wild horses and burros.

Mario Benassi film Toxic Treasure (listed down the page) at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.

For more information, visit the Podcast Link.

October 21, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Jill Kubit: DearTomorrow Personalizes Climate Change

Sent on April 25, 2018 by Anonymous.

“to the future generation,

Hello to whoever reads this letter in the future. Today is a beautiful sunny day without a single cloud in sight. The sun is warm with a slight breeze tingling down my face as I walk on the sidewalks. Over the next ten, twenty or even thirty years, these clear, sunny skies may not even exist. At the current rate of pollution and climate change that we are currently experiencing, cities may begin to fill up with smog and pollution. I fear the day that we may not ever see a sunny day in the future…”

Read the complete letter and Send Your Own Message Here.

Jill Kubit is the director and co-founder of DearTomorrow - a digital and archive project for people to personally connect with the issue of climate change, to commit to taking stronger action and to share these stories with friends, family and their social networks.

After spending a decade working with the U.S. labor movement on climate change, she has become fascinated with how to best engage the general public on this complex issue. Jill is deeply committed to building new ideas, projects and organizations to explore this question and brings many organizational development skills to her work, including: fundraising, building partnerships, developing strategy, teaching, writing, organizing events, and managing projects. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Northwestern.

Her TED Talk discusses the founding of DearTomorrow - a project she started with Trisha Shrumwhen her son Gabriel was 18 months old - which she has been working to build ever since.

September 29, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Daniel Hudon: Eco Fiction and Poetry for Species Lost

​Daniel Hudon, originally from Canada, is an adjunct lecturer in math, astronomy and physics. He is the author of two books of nonfiction: a humorous intro to the universe, called The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos and a lyrical prose compendium designed to raise awareness about the biodiversity crisis, called Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader. He likes to go hiking and kayaking and to dance Argentine tango.

He can be found online at, @daniel_hudon, and in Boston, MA.

July 17, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Doron Gazit: Olympics Fly Guy inventor takes Inflatable Art to Devastated Environments


Designer and environmental artist Doron Gazit‘s use of the natural elements - in particular wind - has provoked and fascinated onlookers from the Fly Guy of the Olympics to visual feasts across castles and deserts.

Since 2014, he has sounded a creative alarm of sorts through his Red Line Project, a series of red balloon tunnels highlighting humans’ misuse of the environment. Gazit’s temporary installations can be found documented across the globe from the Dead Sea sinkholes to Alaskan glaciers.

July 3, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Miss Violette: Making an Impact through Melody and Rhyme


Miss Violette is a budding duo that marries the unique style of singer/songwriter and activist Violette Larsen with the musical direction and insight of acclaimed producer and writer Angus Wilson. On and off stage they commit their lives to the musical embodiment of love and truth through lyrics and melody, on a mission together to bring heart centered, impact driven music back to the mainstream.

Their first EP Black Snake, inspired by the Dakota Access oil pipeline, will be released July 16, 2018, alongside a music video to accompany its namesake single.

May 31, 2018

SDVoyager Local Stories - Meet Ashley Mazanec of EcoArts Foundation in Encinitas

‍Ashley and the Altruists

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Mazanec.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ashley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.

I wrote my first eco-themed song in Maui in 2012 when a corporation burning sugar cane waste caused me to get a serious lung infection. While the band I had left behind in San Diego was invited to play Coachella, I was writing for the first time about whether or not humans really deserved the paradise we were given to enjoy: this glorious, life-giving planet.

For the complete article, click on "Get more info."

May 29, 2018
The Let’s Talk About the Weather Experience

Ashley on Vegan Danielle's podcast episode 73

Danielle and Ashley

Vegan Danielle Podcast Episode 73 - Let's Talk About the Weather

Ashley Marie Mazanec is an eco-musician, environmental policy professional, eco community developer, and Founding Director of EcoArts Foundation.

A partner and affiliated artist at the Climate Science Alliance, she collaborates with various artists including her progressive rock band Ashley & The Altruists. The EcoArts podcast named after her 2016 album Let's Talk About the Weather showcases ecological topics through the eyes of artists, and serves as a platform to build cultural change. Also, stay tuned for the end of the episode to hear Ashley's Song, "Let's Talk About The Weather."

May 28, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Lara Segura: Bee Conscious and National Water Dance Choreography

‍Lara Segura

Lara Segura has extensive experience as a professional dancer, teacher, producer and choreographer. In 2005 Lara graduated with a BFA Degree from San Diego State University and was later named the 2012 Dance Alumni of the Year for SDSU.

She has had the pleasure of performing with Malashock Dance, Mojalet Dance Collective, Jacksonville Dance Theater, Sound Dance Company, Wallpaper Performance Company and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. She has served as a faculty member at Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts and Jacksonville University.

In 2014 Lara received her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University with an emphasis in engaging audiences via site-specific dance. She is a founding steering committee member for San Diego Dance Connect and serves on the advisory board for National Water Dance. Her Bee Conscious Summer Series is a lighthearted look at the buzzing world of pollinators.

May 21, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Ruth Wallen: Confronting Development and Climate Change

Ruth Wallen‍

Ruth Wallen is a multimedia artist and writer whose work is dedicated to encouraging dialogue about ecology and social justice. She creates web sites and outdoor installations and has participated in innumerable exhibitions. Solo exhibitions range from Franklin Furnace, CEPA, New Langton Arts, to many San Diego venues.

Web site hosts include the California Museum of Photography and the Exploratorium, where her work is currently on view. She was part of Weather Report: Art and Climate Change at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Lucy Lippard, and recently has been addressing climate change in collaboration with scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Ruth writes critically about ecological art and race, gender and visual culture.  She is on the faculty of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College, a lecturer at UCSD, and was a Fulbright Lecturer at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana.

April 17, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Regan Rosburg: Breaching Grief, Melancholia and Mania with Biophilia

‍Regan Rosburg

Regan Rosburg is an artist and naturalist. Recently, her work has been an investigation into society's collective grief, melancholia and mania which manifests as consumption and distraction. She has conducted biology-based research trips to the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, The Pacific Northwest Coast, and the Smokey Mountains of Northeast Tennessee.

Rosburg works in a variety of materials. Her resin work contains precious artifacts: plant and animal relics, bones, insects, lace and painted imagery. These objects are suspended in incredibly laborious, three dimensional resin "paintings." The use of resin poignantly addresses her growing concern over plastic pollution in the environment, while presenting the beauty of plant and animal species.

Regan curated Axis Mundi - an exhibition of 21 artists from all over the USA and Canada that responded to the topics of Environmental Melancholia, Collective Social Mania and Biophilia.

April 11, 2018
In-School EcoArts Program

EcoArts founder Ashley Mazanec signs guitar at Banding Together San Diego, a music program for special needs individuals.

Ashley and Banding Together's student

Founded in 2009, Banding Together’s mission is to bring music opportunities to individuals with special needs in our community.

This is accomplished through key objectives that include providing: music therapy scholarships, free Jam Session programs, mentorships, and instruments. To date, we have awarded 79 music therapy and adapted music lessons scholarships totaling $48,140. Since 2012, we have reached 158 individuals aged 13-24 in our Jam Session program, 56% who have autism. Unfortunately music-making experiences may not be available to individuals with special needs such as autism due to lack of financial resources. Often after age 22 the number of supported social and recreational services are very few.

According to the California Department of Education, in 2010 there were approximately 57,273 individuals with special needs in San Diego County. Of that total, 23,544 are within are range of our programs.

April 10, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Katharine Wilkinson: Drawdown and the Middle Ground on Climate

‍Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is Senior Writer at Project Drawdown, where she collaborated with Paul Hawken on the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.

Katharine’s interdisciplinary background cuts across research, strategy, and thought leadership, with a focus on exploring, amplifying, and invigorating action to address climate change. She is a Guest Lecturer in environmental leadership at Agnes Scott College. Previously, she was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse and worked for the Boston Consulting Group and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Based on her doctoral research at the University of Oxford, Katharine published Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, called “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe. Her recent fellowships include Aspen Ideas and Summit LA, and her voice has been featured by The Weather Channel, Talks @ Google, and on campuses including Columbia, Princeton, and Yale. Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee - The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.

March 8, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Marina Zurkow & Una Chaudhuri from "Dear Climate"

Marina Zurkow is a media artist focused on near-impossible nature and culture intersections, researching “wicked problems” like invasive species, superfund sites, and petroleum interdependence.

She has used life science, bio materials, animation, dinners and software technologies to foster intimate connections between people and non-human agents. Her work spans gallery installations and unconventional public participatory projects. Currently, she is working on connecting toxic urban waterways to oceans, and researching the tensions between maritime ecology and the ocean’s primary human use as a capitalist Pangea.

Una Chaudhuri teaches English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Her recent books include Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. She collaborates with Fritz Ertl in a long-term project called Research Theatre. Her current projects include a book tentatively entitled The Stage Lives of Animals, another on oceans and performance, and a Research Theater exploration of Alexander Von Humboldt.

March 1, 2018

The Role of Art in Ocean Advocacy at UCSD

‍Diane Burko

It was a joy to share the work of outstanding eco artists and organizers with the UCSD community at The Role of Art in Ocean Advocacy.

A huge thank you to our partners Climate Science Alliance - South Coast and Net Impact University of California, San Diego Graduate Chapter for an outstanding evening, plus the inspiring artists that made this night so special. 

Net Impact GPS, Climate Science Alliance, and EcoArts Foundation presented Philadelphia's glacier melt visual artist Diane Burko, who has recently been moved to take up the subject of coral reef mortality.

Climate Science Alliance's (CSA) Alex Warneke spoke to the importance of art in community engagement on complex environmental topics. CSA's roster of artists included not only Diane, but Sea Changes’ Kira Corser and Spiral Pacific’s Cynthia Matzke -- who each presented their experience working at the intersection of art and ocean conservation through community art and documentary.

Miss Violette treated us to music in the name of water protections. EcoArts Foundation Director and CSA affiliated eco musician Ashley Mazanec shared the work of her and other organizations within this niche, and serenaded people over dinner with her band Ashley & The Altruists.

February 27, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Andy Myers: Picturing a Just Transition

‍Andy Myers

Andy Myers is the Senior Campaign Coordinator for Working Films, he holds a B.A in film studies and a B.A in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

A longtime proponent of connecting film with activism, he has coordinated various national campaigns which leverage the narrative in social issue documentaries to advance the efforts of organizations with shared goals.

February 13, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Mario Escobar: The Story of Stuff

‍Mario Escobar 

Mario Escobar is the Digital Media Producer for the Story of Stuff Project, a non-profit which utilizes the power of animated video and picture to raise awareness of the impact our take-make-waste economy has on the environment.

As he manages the creation of short, educational videos - his position entails him to identify, create and share impactful stories that highlight problems and solutions relating to various environmental issues. Mario has spent more than 15 years producing, editing and directing projects in the field of social justice.

January 23, 2018
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Kyle Calian: Regenerating the Planet through Print

‍Kyle Calian

Kyle Calian is the founder the Regeneration Magazine, a biannual print and digital publication, that seeks to address the lack of informative and inspiring content on the environment by highlighting the people who have chosen to make addressing these problems their life’s work.

By showcasing the personal stories of these creatives, artists, writers, and entrepreneurs, the hope is that by changing the conversation on climate change, their social enterprises will not only give the movement a voice, but also inspire its readers to join as well.

Kyle is also a graphic designer, photographer, and social innovator focused finding solutions using human-centered design, cradle to cradle, regenerative design and zero waste principles. From permaculture to graphic design, Kyle is passionate about all things environment and social innovation, hunting down solutions that make better communities and regenerate our soil. He also has two earth tattoos and a recycling tattoo and hopes to one day go skiing with Leonardo DiCaprio.

January 22, 2018

Article: The Evolution of an Eco-Musician

Ashley Mazanec

When I tell people I’m an eco-musician, they give one of two responses . . .

December 25, 2017
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Justin Hofman: Polar Bears, Q-Tips, and Expeditions

‍Justin Hofman

You probably know Justin Hofman as the mastermind behind the viral photo of an innocent seahorse carrying a Q-tip through the ocean.This captivating photo alerted millions of viewers to the toxic impact we have on other creatures and environments.

As a distinguished photographer, videographer and scientific illustrator, Justin is a member of the SeaLegacy Collective, a group of prominent photographers and videographers who use the power of media and art to inspire people to take action to save our oceans. 

Additionally, Justin is an expedition leader with EYOS Expeditions, a certified UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) pilot and a rebreather diver.

November 21, 2017
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Podcast with Marina Qutab: Living the Eco Goddess Lifestyle through film, photo, recipes, and music

‍Marina Qutab

Marina Qutab, better known as the Eco Goddess, is a zero waste vegan influencer. As an activist since the age of 10, she latched on to art and music in particular to spread her message.

Apart from being an eco-musician herself, she founded Ecostrings, an organization which uses music to educate people worldwide about pressing social issues and encourages them to take action. Among her many talents, Marina is about to release her first ever E-book called "Zero Waste Vegan Travel." Marina uses the power of film, photo, recipes, music, and compassion to enrich the environmental movement.

October 16, 2017
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Podcast with Peterson Toscano: How Gay Climate Change Can Be

‍Peterson Toscano

Through his one-person comedies and lively lectures, Peterson Toscano has delighted audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Africa as he takes on social justice concerns. His plays and talks humorously explore the serious topics of LGBTQ issues, sexism, racism, privilege,  gender, and climate change. Concerned about climate change as a human rights and LGBTQ issue, Peterson shares his gifts on his YouTube videos and on stage.

A Quaker and obsessive gardener, he leads the Sunbury chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby with his husband and organizes trips to South Africa for the Susquehanna University Global Opportunities’ program. A recognized scholar who has highlighted gender variance in the Bible, Peterson’s personal journey to accept himself as gay had been long and complicated. Through performancesmedia appearances, and community organizing, he has raised public awareness about the harm that comes from seeking to suppress and change one’s sexuality and gender differences.

October 8, 2017

Ashley Expounding on Energy & Security


EcoArts Foundation @ Music For The Revolution Festival October 8th, 2017.

October 8, 2017

Marina is on it about Zero Waste

Marina Qutab

EcoArts Foundation @ Music For The Revolution Festival October 8th, 2017.

October 8, 2017

Ashley talking with while Marina watches on

EcoArts Foundation @ Music For The Revolution Festival October 8th, 2017.

October 8, 2017

Let's Talk About The Weather Wall of Fame

EcoArts Foundation @ Music For The Revolution Festival October 8th, 2017.

October 8, 2017

Marina and Ashley proudly displaying the podcast Wall of Fame

Marina and Ashley

EcoArts Foundation @ Music For The Revolution Festival October 8th, 2017.

October 8, 2017

Ashley, Brent, Steve, Marina, John and David

Ashley, Brent, Marina, Steve, John, and David

EcoArts Foundation @ Music For The Revolution Festival October 8th, 2017.

October 2, 2017
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Podcast with Julia Levine: Theatre Artist Investigates Food, Climate, and Justice

Julia Levine is a playwright, creative collaborator and vegetarian. Planted in the New York City downtown theatre realm, she is on the Marketing team at HERE, the Producing team for the International Human Rights Art Festival, the organizing team for Climate Change Theatre Action, and writes for the blog series Artists & Climate Change. Julia creates new performance pieces as part of The Food Plays, an initiative she founded to raise questions about food, climate, and justice through theatre.

September 18, 2017
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Podcast with Rae Irelan: Funk Grass Musician and Festival Producer goes Green

Rae Irelan

Rae Irelan graduated from The Boston Conservatory with BFA in contemporary dance performance and has since worn many hats from event producer, dancer, teacher and yogini, to alternative healer.

Her San Diego award winning band The Moves Collective is a driving force in the US music scene, supporting ideologies, companies and nonprofits that propel sustainability, inspire audiences to positively impact their local communities, and build positive change globally.

She blends international cultural influences, sacred instruments, healing modalities, improvised contemporary movement and dance, and original songs into unique performance experiences. Rae aims to inspire people to live at their highest potential, dream big, and achieve a sustainable and connected world. In fact, this year’s theme for her annual event Goddess Fest is Gaia, AKA Mother Earth. A self-identified eco musician committed to raising awareness of holistic healing, sustainable practices, and social justice, we couldn’t be more excited to have her with us today!

September 9, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Eco rock group The Altruists performed at the Sept 9, 2017 "Welcome to the EcoArts Renaissance" Farm-to-Table event.

Eco rock group The Altruists aim to inspire ecosystem care via original music.

September 9, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Opera queen Amy Caris-Difiore serenades the EcoArts community at Welcome to the EcoArts Renaissance.

Ashley and Amy Norrie

Farm-to-table Dinner with The Altruists feat. opera singer Amy Norrie.

September 8, 2017
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Podcast with Joanna Engelberg: Eco Textiles - Upcycling Denim for People and The Planet

‍Joanna Engelberg

Joanna Engelberg is Sustainability Director at The New Denim Project, a third-generation family business that creates high-end eco-textiles made purposefully and ethically.

After five years in Israel with her sister Arianne -- Creative Director of The New Denim Project -- she came home to Guatemala passionate about environmental & social impact. They created a fully-closed loop system with 100% sustainable, conscious and patient textiles at its core. Their yarns, fabrics and products are made from upcycled pre-consumer textile waste from vast denim mills, reducing consumption of new products, minimizing the waste of raw virgin material and reusing discarded textiles and fibres to elongate their life span. Final cotton waste that cannot be spun is donated to farmers and coffee-growers to use as compost and serves as an organic fertilizer. As true eco innovators, the New Denim Project is fashioning zero waste, transparent style for people and the planet.

“The goal of the upcycle is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy, and just world with clean air, water, soil, and power—economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed. Upcycling is the most exciting project of all. It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take forever. And that’s the point.” - The Upcycle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart.

September 2, 2017
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Podcast with Kira Corser: Posts for Peace and Seas of Change

‍Kira Carrillo Corser

Kira Carrillo Corser is a photojournalist, artist, and community leader with over 15 years of experience, publishing and exhibiting in 19 states across the US in venues such as the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She taught "Arts and Community” for 8 years in Service Learning and taught as a Visual Art Consultant in Human Communications at CSU - Monterey Bay.

From art galleries, museums, universities, and national conferences to U.S. Congress in Washington D.C., Kira’s art knows no limits. Her goal remains: to produce works with artists and nonprofit organizations that aid and promote social justice or wellness and to consult for or teach individual and collaborative projects using art as a force for social action and visual literacy.

A special thank you to: Lisa Parsons, Co-Director of the Posts for Peace and Justice Project; Felecia (Fe Love) Lenee Williams and Sherretha Jackson, Youth Program Directors; and partners One Billion Rising, Compassionate CA, Compassionate ARTS in Action and First Night Monterey.

August 25, 2017
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Podcast with Bethany Kolody: Squidtoons Cartoonist Will Doodle for Science

Bethany Kolody was introduced to biology during her time at NYU’s “world honors college,” in the Middle East, where she had the opportunity to study in Sri Lanka, Ghana, and China. There, she worked in Fabio Piano’s lab studying mRNA localization in C. elegans. It soon became apparent that she was more interested in the nematodes themselves than their mRNA, and for her capstone thesis she orchestrated the first molecular phylogenetic survey of marine nematodes across the Arabian Gulf.

Today a Ph.D. student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Bethany has decided to shift her focus to smaller, even more obscure organisms - marine microbes. Her cartoon comics, often printed on T-shirts, are at once scientifically accurate and gleefully unusual. The network of Squidtoons contributors of which she is a part dedicates itself to translating scientific research into engaging infographics to educate the public about science, provide educators with teaching tools, and support scientists with illustrations. Squidtoons takes pride in “illustrating science with farts, burps, and giggles.”

“And the plankton that spawned every tree,

They call me,

But no one knows, what makes them grow.

And they give us all the oxygen we need, so mankind breathes

And life can grow, but it could all change, what with climate change.”

~ Bethany Kolody, Moana parody on the importance of microbes

August 19, 2017
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Podcast with Cherie Sampson: An Ag Artist Recounts her Creative Journey

‍Cherie Sampson

Cherie Sampson is an artist working in environmental installation, performance and video art, creating projects in wilderness and rural settings in the U.S. and abroad, including woodland, mire and boreal landscapes. Historical, cultural and elemental layers of the site are integral to the working concepts and materials, where she often integrates her body in the landscape in performances for the camera and live audiences.

She has exhibited in live performances, art-in-nature symposia, video screenings and installations including in Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Italy, Cuba, Greece, France, and Hong Kong, and in U.S. galleries and festivals. A member of Artists in Nature International Network (AiNIN) and two time winner of Fulbright Awards (19982011), Cherie shares her experiences with Ag Arts, farm workers, found natural materials, ethnographic research, and arboreal forests.

July 29, 2017
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Podcast with Jen Gardner: Upcycling Furniture Artist Makes Lumber Live Longer

Jen Gardner

A Wildlife Ranger turned ecological surveyor turned zero waste furniture artist, Jen Gardner started Forget Me Knot as a way to explore her creativity while producing low impact, long-lasting items for others. Destined to end up in landfill, be burnt or, at the very best, turned to wood pulp, Jen repaints and re-purposes wood into one-of-a-kind pieces, prolonging the life of lumber and sending custom pieces home with happy campers.

Above and beyond her craft, she uses Good Energy (a 100% sustainable energy supplier), gives monthly donations to The Woodland Trust and Soil Association, banks with ethical groups, limits the need to use chemicals on items and uses Ecosia ( search engine, where every search helps pay to plant a tree.

July 22, 2017
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Podcast with Alicia Previn: Earthworms, Tortoises, and Bees in Song and Story

Alicia Previn

Violinist and songwriter Alicia Previn has enjoyed many successful years recording, performing and touring with a variety of artists such as The Cages, The Young Dubliners, and Folding Mr. Lincoln on platforms from MTV to Jay Leno's Tonight Show.

Today she illustrates the importance of sometimes-forgotten animals through songs and children’s books featuring her personal illustrations. A fan of bio-dynamic farming, her Earthworm Book includes instructions on how to start a small worm farm as well as a complementary tune. Give Bees a Chance and The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise make Alicia’s point unmissable: these animals each play a pivotal role in addressing our ecological future.

July 14, 2017
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Podcast with Diane Burko: Polar Expeditions in Photo and Paint

‍Diane Burko

Diane Burko’s visual documentation through paint and photographs provide an outlet for her to respond and share her personal observations of climate change. Working along the intersection of art and science, she showcases expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle with thousands of photographs from the air, sea and ground. Sharing the Earth’s astounding beauty, she also reveals the consequences of record breaking rapid ice melt at either end of our globe. After years of study and international collaboration with glacial geologists, her new book Diane Burko: Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives is finally complete. “It was no longer just about painting beautiful landscapes, but it was about figuring out a way to talk through my language of paint about this most urgent issue for our time, and for the future.” -- Diane Burko interview with Benjamin Orlove, Columbia University

Book: Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives

July 7, 2017
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Podcast with Chantal Bilodeau: Eco Theater Takes Action

‍Chantal Bilodeau

Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, culture, and climate change.

She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight countries of the Arctic – and the founder of the blog and international network Artists & Climate Change.

She is a co-organizer of the biennial Climate Change Theatre Action, a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented in support of the United Nations COP meetings.

June 24, 2017
In-School EcoArts Program

Fish mask activity, 2017 Switchfoot Bro AM in Encinitas, California.

This year Switchfoot Bro Am at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA.

June 24, 2017
In-School EcoArts Program

More fish mask making at Switchfoot Bro AM in Encinitas, California.

Helping us connect more with our aquatic friends.

June 21, 2017
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Podcast with Rob Greenfield: Food Waste Fiasco, Trash Me, and Creative Eco Adventures

Rob Greenfield

When documentaries turned this “normal” dude into a renowned professional adventurer, Rob Greenfield the creative activist was born.

From biking across America with a minimal environmental footprint to staging public Food Waste Fiasco mandalas to tackling consumerism and accompanying garbage, Rob’s creative drive to protect this planet has taken him across the world. Keep track of his minimalist journeys and activism on

June 5, 2017
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Podcast with Cynthia Matzke: Filming a way to Ocean Health

Oceanographer-journalist Cynthia Matzke divulges the making of her documentary film exploring ocean ecosystem connectivity.

Spiral Pacific explores nine Northern Pacific Rim locations to document the intertwined ecosystems around this vast ocean basin and common human-caused stressors that contribute to the downward spiral: overfishing, ocean acidification, and the plastic pollution problem that chokes the sea with synthetic debris.

May 27, 2017
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Podcast with Marissa Quinn: Nature’s Narratives in Pen and Ink

Marissa Quinn

From drawing friends’ pets as a seven-year-old to “Re-Wilding” herself along the West coast of the U.S., Marissa Quinn’s journey in pen and ink tells many of nature’s stories. Documenting endangered species, colony collapse, and surfing with dolphins and pelicans, Marissa shares her perspective on endearing humans beyond typical apex predators and drawing a deeper connection to land and sea.

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Fresh preparations for EcoArts’ first farm-to-table event, with 90% of ingredients grown directly on site.

Cafe 21 Chef and owner Leyla Javadov serving up freshly-picked organic vegan delights!

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

EcoArts’ first Farm-to-Table Fundraiser May 2017.

50+ humans in attendance. This was the "launch" and benefit for the EcoArts Foundation.

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Founding Director Ashley Mazanec, EcoArts Farm-to-Table May 2017.

Ashley Mazanec

Ashley speaks with passion and conviction for the eco arts movement and the environment.

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Cafe 21 Chef and owner Leyla Javadov serving up freshly-picked organic vegan delights at Coral Tree Farm, Encinitas.

Cafe 21 Chef and owner Leyla Javadov

One of the best Farm-to-Table experiences we've tasted yet!

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

The Moves Collective, EcoArts Farm-to-Table May 2017.

The Moves Collective are not to be missed if you ever get a chance to see them!

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Eco Arts Artist R. Piper showing visual and conceptual works, May 2017

R. Piper's artwork

I produce creative custom painting or sculptural commissions for a living.

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Spiral Pacific underwater film feat. Violinist Alicia Previn, EcoArts Farm-to-Table May 2017.

We capped-off the evening with Cynthia's film and Alicia's live music.

May 13, 2017
EcoArts Farm-to-Table

Eco Musician Miss Violette and MuSIC House’s Angus Wilson, EcoArts Farm-to-Table May 2017.

Music is a part of any movement. Miss Violette and Angus - from the heart.

May 7, 2017
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Podcast with Andrea Polli: Professor of Art and Ecology

‍Professor Andrea Polli

Professor Andrea Polli recounts how revolutions in weather computing and statements made by NASA scientists ignited her urgency to create eco-themed art. From lighting a Pittsburgh bridge with elegant wind turbines, to artistic display of air particulate matter, to transforming weather station information, Andrea is a bold model for eco artists everywhere.

April 29, 2017

Founder Ashley Mazanec supporting fiscal sponsor EACEA at the Encinitas Street Fair.

Ashley Mazanec

EACEA: Encinitas Arts CUlture and Ecology Alliance.

January 11, 2017
Let’s Talk About The Weather Environment Series

Give Bees a Chance, The Let’s Talk About the Weather Environment Series 2017.

“Let’s Talk About The Weather Series” presents “Give BEES a Chance!”

December 20, 2016
Let’s Talk About The Weather podcast

Let’s Talk About the Weather podcast producer John Biethan, host Ashley Mazanec, EcoArts Director of Finance Wei Fan, and guest Cynthia Matzke.

‍John, Ashley, Wei and Cynthia

Cynthia joined us in the studio for her podcast episode on Let's Talk About The Weather.