What We Do

  • The Climate Monologues
    A one-woman musical show about global climate change

    Sharon Abreu brings to life onstage the stories of real people in the U.S. and around the world already impacted by the effects of climate change and people working to meet and transcend this major global challenge. Their stories are communicated through their own words and through original songs that complement the stories.


    Click here for more information.

  • Orcas Sustainable Living Fair

    Video.Article from the Islands Sounder:

    Discover sustainability at the Orcas Sustainable Living Fair

    Apr 28 2009, 7:45 AM

    Orcas Islanders are doing their part to become more sustainable, and an upcoming fair is highlighting those local efforts.

    On Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Orcas Sustainable Living Fair will take place in the Orcas Library Park, near the Orcas Island Farmers Market, which will be held on Prune Alley between A Street and Fern Street for the next three weeks, due to the reseeding of the Village Green.

    A free event, the public can browse booths and learn what Orcas Islanders are doing at work and at home to help make our local and global community more sustainable.

    Mikial Denker will have his recycled and electric bicycles on display, Chloe Scott and friends from the FEAST (Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens) program will be in attendance, Bob Connell and Phil Heikkinen from Sustainable Orcas Island will share their recent developments, Ken Wood will present his rabbit breeding program, and Allan Rosato from the Orcas Seed Bank will be handing out seed packets.

    The Orcas Sustainable Living Fair is a project of Irthlingz Art-Based Environmental Education and Sustainable Orcas Island. Sharon Abreu, Executive Director of Irthlingz, highlights this event as an opportunity for one to see and learn the many sustainable activities and business practices happening locally, to become inspired, and to gather and implement new ideas.

    Phil Heikkinen, Director of the Orcas Island Public Library, sponsors the Sustainable Orcas Island group. It welcomes everyone to join in the ongoing discussions on how to live sustainably in ways which make it possible to thrive without off-island resources. Sustainable Orcas Island meetings are held at the library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month and new members are always welcome.

    Sustainable Orcas Island has also created The Whole Islands Catalog (wholeislandscatalog.net), an online social networking tool for all of San Juan County. Those interested in more information can also email Phil Heikkinen (pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org) to be placed on the Sustainable Orcas Island mailing list.

    Booth reservations are still available for those who wish to participate in this event.

    Call 376-5773 for more information.

    by K. ANNA

    Special to the Islands’ Sounder

  • Creating and performing environmental music and plays

    Penguins on Thin Ice, a 45-minute musical romp that teaches about global climate change, while inspiring and offering solutions to this modern challenge. For grades 8-12.

    The Great Climate Caper, a 45-minute musical theatre version of the show, made its debut in Eastsound, Washington, at The Grange Stage in May 2002, performed by students at the Orcas Island Elementary and Middle Schools. Thanks to the generous support of The Celebration Foundation.

    On May 4, 2007, ten students from the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) in New York performed the climate change musical revue version of “Penguins on Thin Ice” at the United Nations. The performance, an official CSD side event, took place at 9:45 am in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. The performance came as the CSD completed its two-year focus on air pollution, industrial development, climate change, and energy for sustainable development. Co-sponsors of the event included three of the CSD’s “Major Groups”: the Trade Union, Indigenous and Youth Major Groups, as well as the Earth Values Caucus of the UN-CSD, and the Alliance of Small Island States. There were also performances of the show at HSES on May 3 at 9 am. Thanks to the generous support of The Celebration Foundation and the Raynier Foundation.

    Turn the World Upside Down, a 45-minute interactive musical show that teaches about water conservation, keeping the water clean, and recycling. For grades 1-5. Has been performed in a number of public schools and at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn, NY, under the auspices of the Brooklyn Arts Council.

  • Producing and distributing environmental 30-second public service announcements for television

    We produced “Keeping the Water Clean,” a 30-second public service announcement, thanks to the generous donation of 3ds max 5, 3d animation software from Discreet.

  • Producing and distributing environmental computer games via the Internet

    “ecoBall”, a Flash application, is available underDownloads at www.irthlingz.org.

  • Producing and performing in awareness-raising concerts

    November 2000

    Cambridge University, England

    April 2001 (Earth Day)

    United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY

    Ramapo College, New Jersey

    June, 2002

    Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), Akumal, Mexico

    August/September 2002

    World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa. Thanks to the generous support of The Celebration Foundation.

    June 2005

    UN Environment Day, San Francisco, CA

    August 2005

    Magic Skagit, Sedro Wooley, WA

    April 2006

    Climate Crisis Coalition, New York City

    June 2006

    Climate Change and Coal Plants Conference, Cal-Wood Educational Center near Jamestown, CO

    August 2006

    Oddfellows Hall, Eastsound, WA

    November 2006

    Skagit Valley College, Friday Harbor, WA

    May 2007

    Students from the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) in New York perform the climate change musical revue version of “Penguins on Thin Ice” at the United Nations. (See “Penguins on Thin Ice” above.)

    July 2007

    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship,
    Bellingham, WA

  • Producing and distributing video via the Internet

    In 2009, we produced “Where Is Tomorrow’s Farmer?”, a ten-minute video viewable onYouTube or here.