With Songs to Save the Salish Sea, Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz are on a mission to inspire stewardship of the great inland sea of the Pacific Northwest, the Salish Sea, stretching from south of Seattle to well north of Vancouver, British Columbia.
In 2012 the Salish Sea — valued for its beauty, recreational appeal and marine life, including salmon and Orca whales — suddenly came under major threat. Island and coastal communities found themselves battling a barrage of proposals by the fossil fuel industry to export large quantities of coal, highly toxic Alberta tar sands oil and explosive Bakken shale oil to Asia through the narrow, already heavily trafficked straits of the Salish Sea.
Along with many other local residents, Sharon and Michael have been fighting back. Their favored weapons: rich vocal harmonies; catchy, lyrical and soaring melodies; and humorous, quirky, poetic and poignant lyrics.
The Climate Monologues Goes to New York!
In September and November, 2016, Sharon performed The Climate Monologues in the world’s largest solo theater festival– United Solo in New York City.
Youth Eco Arts Action (YEAA!)
We’re very proud of Nancy Knapp’s 5th grade students, who performed as part of our YEAA (Youth Eco Arts Action) project at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound, WA on March 15, 2015.
Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz perform a house concert with Pete Seeger. Sat., Feb. 5, 2000 in NY City.
The Climate Monologues in LA
On March 27, 2016, Sharon received a standing ovation from an overflowing crowd at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, after performing a 20-minute excerpt from The Climate Monologues.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Greater Pacific Northwest Conference (2015)
Sharon attended the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in Seattle on March 7-8, 2015.
Many thanks to Nancy Maranville and Ben Pfeiffer, and everyone at the University Unitarian Church in Seattle, for hosting The Climate Monologues show on Friday night as part of their Climate Action Week (https://www.uuchurch.org/climateweek)!
Penguins on Thin Ice uses music to share inspiration and science about global climate change and what people can do to help curb its effects. Performed on May 4, 2007, by ten students from the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) in New York at the United Nations for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
Sharon attended the extraordinary Paddle in Seattle event in West Seattle on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Organized by the Backbone Campaign and supported by a host of prestigious environmental groups, the event was a huge success.