Threads of Change: Weaving Climate Activism into Art
2023, Senior, Film
Climate Hero: Monica Jahan Bose
We wished to create a film involving one woman who connects culture and climate. She raises saris, a preindustrial clothing, like she raises awareness of climate change. Her name is Monica Jahan Bose. Through creating our short film, we learned Monica is an artist who fights against climate change - without words. Many people view climate change as a statistic. They do not feel the urgency. However, in Monica's words, “Art makes you feel emotion.” With her saris - which connect to her Bangladeshi culture - she imitates the rising waters. The light blue cloth waves around the city; both men and women raise the sari boldly as they walk across the streets. Similar to the rising sea levels, the saris flood the sidewalks. Rather than presenting a statistic, Monica Jahan Bose brings our shared climate threat into a visual, tactile reality. By making this film, we've come to realize that every one of us can be a climate hero.