Kirsi Jansa is a Pittsburgh-based documentary filmmaker and a journalist specializing in environment, health and sustainability. Kirsi is the producer of short documentary series Gas Rush Stories and Sustainability Pioneers. She is a native of Finland, where she worked for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, TV2, and several magazines as a freelance reporter and journalist until moving to the US in 2008.
Joylette Portlock is the President of Communitopia, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh that focuses on climate change communication, where she stars in a series of funny, short web videos on climate change for the general public, called “Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something!“. She has a degree from MIT and a Ph.D. in genetics from Stanford University; she now works to give the public important scientific information it can use. She has worked on environmental issues at the local, state, and federal level, and has been focused on global climate change since 2007. Dr. Portlock also currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health. communitopia.org
Laura Ramie is a visual artist and educator. She is interested in talking about climate change, especially when it comes to thinking of creative solutions and adaptations. She has a small project that involves interviewing her friends and taking them on walks around their neighborhoods to look for clean energy and green infrastructure (it’s out there!). She has also been involved in The Climate Change Crankie, a fantastic performance folk art project dreamed up by papermaker artist Katy DeMent.
Mark Dixon is an award-winning filmmaker, activist, and public speaker exploring the frontiers of social change on a finite planet. After graduating from Stanford University in industrial engineering, he worked for start-up companies in Silicon Valley before turning to documentary filmmaking. His productions include “Your Environmental Road Trip” (YERT.com), a year-long “eco-expedition” through all 50 United States exploring environmental sustainability, and his latest film, “The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.” In December, he crowdfunded a journey to Paris, France to attend and cover the United Nations Climate Change Conference – Conference of Parties (COP21) as credentialed press. markatcop21.wordpress.com
Remington Brooks is a Pittsburgh based designer and event coordinator. Remington uses design thinking and strategy to deconstruct complex questions in the fields of business and social sciences in order to create people first solutions that inspire individuals to action. He has planned events and workshops that teach design, business, marketing and feminist critique of these fields and is looking forward to facilitating a stronger conversation between art and climate science professionals in Pittsburgh. indigoprojectpgh.com
Brooke Smokelin is an environmental artist and educator and a yoga teacher. As an environmental educator Brooke designs and facilitates environmental education programs for all ages – public programs and community celebrations, in school and after school programs. Brooke is also a singer-songwriter, musician-healer Vox Lumina.
Chakra Yoga Healing: chakrayogahealing.com
Vox Lumina: https://www.facebook.com/voxluminamusic/?fref=ts
The Parade of All Beings: https://www.facebook.com/paradeofallbeings/?fref=ts
Jennifer Meridian is a visual artist and director based in Pittsburgh. Her practice confronts and examines complex personal and political issues and transforms them into poetic expressions. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the US.
Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and community oriented cultural producer. Wormsley has been honored with a number of awards and grants to support her programs: afronaut(a) experimental film series, Homewood Artist Residency (recently received the mayor’s public art award), and art: the Children of NAN video art series, the There Are Black People in the Future body of work, and her collaborative works with performance artist Lisa Harris. Wormsley currently teaches Electronic Media at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also in fellowship in the MFA program at Bard College.
Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson is a field recordist, composer, and audiovisual artist. His work explores the sonic narratives of space and cultures. He is founder and owner of SONARCHEOLOGY STUDIOS, a field recording service dedicated to the production of all things related to audio. His work has been featured in live performance and site specific installations: MARS IS UNDERWATER, THE STEEL-FONICS, GEM WAY, A BRAND NEW WORLD: KILL THE ARTIST.