30 Nov 2015
The FutureCoast Youth Climate Delegation event at Onca will be the culmination of two months of workshops with the learners. Members of the public are welcome to come and listen to the participants' presentations.
Onca Centre for Arts and Ecology
14 St George's Place
Brighton, BN1 4GB
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Youth climate change engagement project
Climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, is often viewed as a distant future threat, separate from daily life. FutureCoast Youth is a collaboration between the Onca Centre for Arts and Ecology, University of Brighton Media Researchers, Feral Theatre, and Brighton's Dorothy Stringer School, whose aim is to empower young people – the generation who will be most affected by climate change, but who are often given the least voice – to imagine and explore responses to it, through participatory storytelling, play and performance.
FutureCoast Youth extends the FutureCoast project developed by US games designer, Ken Eklund: an online digital storytelling project which asks audiences to create voicemails from climatically changed futures. FutureCoast Youth builds on this participatory imaginative premise to bring climate change to young people in Brighton. Using play, storytelling, ideas of time and of how to relate climate change to the everyday, we will work with Environmental Science GCSE students to explore their understandings of – and responses to – climate change.
FutureCoast Youth will culminate in a Young People’s Climate Conference at Onca on November 30th, with students presenting ideas in role as a conference delegation, to coincide with COP21, communicating with their audience what they feel about climate change, and what they believe should be done to address this issue.
Futurecoast Youth is funded by Onca as part of its two year ACE-funded Navigating Change programme, and by the University of Brighton On Our Doorsteps seed fund.