5 Ways Circus Artists Join the Fight Against Global Crisis

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5 Ways Circus Artists Are Joining the Fight Against the Global Climate Crisis

In these difficult times, many circus artists and companies are feeling helpless as they face the COVID-19 global pandemic and the ensuing panic that has gripped the world. Performance jobs have evaporated, studios have been shuttered, and tours ended early or before they had even begun. 
When we are feeling hopeless, lost, and adrift on a sea of uncertainty, it is often comforting to know that we have the ability to make positive change, influence others, and help our local and global communities. We have all witnessed an outpouring of community over the past weeks in response to coronavirus as folks share their knowledge and skill online with the world, often free of charge. We have also witnessed a global decline in air pollutants and a return of wildlife to urban areas as travel bans have kept planes out of the skies and many vehicles off the roads, and the human population has sequestered itself indoors. As we emerge from this pandemic, let’s take this flood of goodwill and global citizenship and continue paying it forward for the betterment of the planet and its people as a whole. Compiled below is a list of concrete steps that several circus artists and studios are already taking to reduce their environmental footprint and in...
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Jackie Houghton

Jackie Houghton is a recreational circus performer, elementary school teacher, and freelance writer. When she is not teaching visual arts to school children, Jackie dreams about running away with the circus, but until then she is happy to write about it. She has been the exclusive writer for Femmes du Feu's Circus Sessions residency program for the past two years, and has also written for Circus Talk and American Circus Educators magazine.