Ashanee Kottage

Research Analyst

Georgetown University

The Earth Commons Georgetown's Institute for Environment & Sustainability
The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics Humanizing Politics through Performance

Ashanee Kottage is a research analyst at the Earth Commons and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. She is inspired by her experience growing up in Sri Lanka, a beautiful tropical island, and embraces the responsibility to be a steward for homes, her's, and others, that bear severe and disproportionate consequences of climate change. She is a scientist, activist, and storyteller concerned about the security of this earth and the security of people. She is working towards decolonizing conservation, effective science communication, and marrying rigorous scientific research with empathy, embodiment, and performance.
We Hear You—A Climate Archive is a global performance project exploring youth perspectives on the climate emergency.  
The project is commissioning young people to tell stories about what it’s like to be alive in this pivotal moment. Rather than political boundaries, storytellers will represent a diverse set of biomes, with special emphasis on most affected people and areas. The stories will be published online, preserved in a long-term archive, and amplified through a global series of performance events, including the world-premiere production at  Dramaten (Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theatre), as well as pop-up performances at The Kennedy Center, Stockholm+50, and COP27.
We Hear You—A Climate Archive is a collaboration between two faculties at Georgetown University - The Earth Commons and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. and Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden).