Theatre group promotes sustainable consumption

A group of 15 young people from across Canada are cycling through British Columbia armed with an inspiring message of youth empowerment and sustainable consumption.

A group of 15 young people from across Canada are cycling through British Columbia armed with an inspiring message of youth empowerment and sustainable consumption.

The group performs a play called Taking Action at Vancouver Island University Oct. 13, 4 p.m., in front of the library, as part of the Otesha Project.

The comedic and inspiring play shows the story of average Canadians who are choosing to be extraordinary.

Audience members explore what ignites individuals to take action, and what challenges and rewards are encountered in the process. The characters in the play – and the audience – are sent on a journey toward the path to sustainability, exploring positive choices we can make along the way.

The members of the travelling theatre troupe make up a mobile sustainable community and cycle from performance to performance, braving the elements, and opening conversations in communities about how we can live more sustainably.

As they pedal more than 1,250 kilometres across British Columbia, they will explore all the ups and downs of directly addressing environmental and social justice issues through their own every day actions.

Founded in 2002, the Otesha Project is a youth-led charitable organization that uses theatre to mobilize young people to create local and global change through their daily consumer choices.

The Otesha Project has now performed to more than 100,000 people across Canada and won awards for its innovative and effective youth engagement programs.