Taking Action

Exhibition interior

Exhibition interior


We need a wave of civic engagement and collective action to implement our climate solutions.

June 7–October 27, 2019

Fri–Sun, 11AM–5:30PM (6:30PM SAT, SUN)



When it comes to the climate crisis, the majority of people in the United States are worried but inactive. We also tend to underestimate the public consensus that already exists on climate. Finally, because the problem exists on a global scale, it is easy to feel powerless about addressing it. While this dynamic has changed dramatically in a hopeful way over the last year, the self-reinforcing cycle of silence, isolation, and passivity remains largely intact. Taking Action is an exhibition intended to help reverse this cycle by providing guidance and support on specific civic actions we can take together for climate progress.

The exhibition consists of three main rooms. The first room encourages visitors to explore proven carbon mitigation strategies—i.e. climate solutions. The second exposes some of the daunting reasons these solutions are not being implemented. In the third room, visitors take targeted actions that address the barriers to progress identified previously. Represented by corresponding stickers, these actions aggregate over the duration of the exhibition and visualize the collective nature of effective climate action.

The show as a whole is inspired by the transformative youth climate movement, which invites all of us to take a fresh look at the imperative of breaking with business as usual, both in the world and in our own minds. Together we can and must move forward by taking action.

Taking Action is located on beautiful Governors Island, home to many other innovative cultural and environmental programs.

House 18, Nolan Park (2019).

House 18, Nolan Park (2019).