Mary DeMocker exuded a quiet strength and determination throughout this show. She talked about her new book, A Parent’s Guide To Climate Change, and the many ways we can take action to put ourselves in alignment with the earth.
This book is a lively, empowering, and do-able blueprint for engaging families in the urgent endeavor of climate revolution. In the brief, action-packed chapters, you’ll learn hundreds of wide-ranging ideas for being part of the revolution — from embracing simplicity parenting, to freeing yourself from dead-end science debates, to teaching kids about the power of creative protest, to changing your lifestyle in ways that deepen family bonds, improve moods, and reduce your impact on the Earth. Engaging and creative, this vital resource is for everyone who wants to act effectively—and empower young people to do the same.
Mary has reveled in an artistic life, performing harp, dressing sets for NYC film productions, and now using the arts to mobilize for climate justice. A National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, Mary may be the first harpist to perform in both The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where she worked with composer John Cage, and the subway stop under Bloomingdales.
Mary studied at Eastman School of Music and University of Oregon’s School of Music and has performed widely, including solo appearances at major music festivals. She toured with the original interactive musical “The Incredible Earth Circus” in schools for Earth Day 1990, and was later commissioned to write six children’s plays, three of which are still regularly performed across the U.S. and abroad.
In 2013, Mary co-founded Eugene’s chapter of the international climate action group 350.org and became creative director, specializing in interactive art protests.
Mary’s writing has appeared in The Sun, EcoWatch, Common Dreams, Mothering.com, Spirituality & Health, Oregon Quarterly, and ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). She lives in Oregon with her family.