Kids perform for scientists in the lobby of NCAR in BoulderUsing music, dance and science, Beth Osnes, associate professor of theatre and dance, created an artistic project she hopes will inspire climate action. 

Shine is a musical performed by young people that combines climate science and artistic expression. The result is a humorous and dynamic story spanning 300 million years. The first half of the performance is scripted and choreographed to creatively show how fossil fuel use affects our climate. The second half is designed by local youths to demonstrate possible solutions for their city’s future. The goal is to use performance as a fun way for young people to imagine and contribute to a sustainable vision for their community. The project is part of the Inside the Greenhouse initiative Osnes co-founded to focus on creative climate communication.