In 2020, humanity stands at a cross roads. Climate scientists warn that we have only one more decade to get our house in order before we suffer the consequences of Earth’s fury. Our children are calling for action to secure their future and our country is on fire. But our political system of government has resulted in deadlock. We have all enjoyed the wealth that the industrial revolution has brought to the developed world, and we must all work together to transition our economy and lifestyles to a sustainable and just future for all.
Chorus is launching a new project led by women to break the deadlock and help the best thinking minds from all perspectives to come together to consider the issue of climate change. Such a national (and indeed world) ‘thinking organ’ could offer to the currently opposing political forces an opportunity to collaborate in finding a just and sustainable way to stabilise the climate and secure a safe future for our children without renouncing their overall convictions.
Watch this space for further details as this project unfolds.
Vale Bob Hawke
In A Chorus of Women we recall fondly the former Prime Minister joining the cast of 80 Canberra citizens in Old Parliament House for Closing Night of our 2010 Floriade Festival production of The Gifts of the Furies. In front of a packed House of Representatives, Bob Hawke delivered the verdict in the trial we staged between The Furies of Earth and Lord Reason, with Ethos presiding. The trial scene is the centrepiece of The Gifts of the Furies, which our composer Glenda Cloughley based on The Eumenides, a Greek tragedy from 458 BCE whose happy ending follows the people's commitment to compassionate justice and harmony with the Earth. Bob Hawke loved the big story-song, declaring in an impromptu speech afterwards that ‘the environment is the Number One issue for me.' Read more about our performances of The Gifts of the Furies.
See Bob Hawke’s impromptu speech and his cameo role in the House he led as Prime Minister from 1983. The performance video concludes with The Promise sung to Gaia by the Chorus of Citizens.