SeaChange Flotilla is a participatory voyage down the Hudson River in a fleet of full-scale paper boats, charting a course from upstate New York to New York City in a convergence of art and activism to coincide with the meeting of world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit. Initiated by Mare Liberum & 350.org.
Launching in Troy, NY on August 30, and landing in New York City on September 13th, along the way we will be convening community assemblies and artistic collaborations to share stories of resistance and resilience – strengthening local networks and collectively planning future collaborations. We will visit sites of existing and planned destructive infrastructure as well as sustainability projects. We will end with a circumnavigation of Manhattan on September 14th, and hold a press conference on the opening day of the first UN Climate Summit being held as part of the 69th Annual UN General Assembly in New York City.
This project is intended to explore story-based forms of community activism, drawing a narrative through-line on the map between disparate actors in the ongoing resistance to extreme energy, while creating a deeply transformative experience for all involved.
The waters of this world cannot be contained – We All Live Downstream.