The Serious Role of Silly in Talking and Teaching About Climate


The Serious Role of Silly in Talking and Teaching About Climate

Esteban Gast holds a jack in the box toy with the words "The Serious Role of 'Silly" in Talking & Teaching About Climate"

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Get ready to laugh and learn in this interactive webinar from comedian, educator, and activist Esteban Gast as he shares his techniques for creating unique, memorable, bold, and wildly creative lesson plans, activities, and ways to talk about the climate. You’ll learn about misdirection, scaffolding, and the role of whimsy and how it’s used by comedians (and non-comedians) to flip the script on the way that most people share about the climate crisis. This engaging, high-energy workshop will leave you feeling inspired, with new ideas to try! 


Esteban Gast, Comedian, Writer, and Host

Esteban Gast holds a Curious George jack-in-the-box toy, looking whimsically surprised

Esteban is Colombian, was raised in Puerto Rico and Illinois, and currently lives in LA. His work has been called "irreverent but aspirational" by Variety. He is co-host of Identity at Play, a Spotify Original podcast and host of Comedians Conquering Climate Change. He hosted Hyundai Highways, a travel series using only an electric car. He was the star of Jungletown, a 10-episode TV show airing on VICELAND about his time running an off-the-grid eco-community.

As a writer, he is the co-writer of the book and lyrics for Teacher Of The Year, a comedy musical inspired by his time teaching. The musical was most recently a finalist for the O'Neil and was selected for YALL Fest. He is also the co-writer of Thena, a feature film produced by the creative team from 13 Reasons Why. He travels as a standup comedian; winning Denver's Rise Comedy Festival and being chosen as "Best of the Fest" for the Burbank Comedy Festival. He is currently the Comedian-in-Residence at Generation180 where he helped build the Climate Comedy Cohort and the Climate Cultura programs. His work has been featured in the LA Times, NPR's Science Friday, and ABC's Nightline.

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