University of Brighton media researchers Julie Doyle, Helen Kennedy and former Brighton researcher Sarah Atkinson are embarking on a new climate change project: FutureCoast Youth, which aims to engage and empower young people, the generation who will be most affected by climate change but who are often given the least voice.
The initiative is based on American Ken Eklund’s FutureCoast, an international online game which asks audiences to imagine and create voicemails from climatically changed futures. The FutureCoast Youth project is an extension to this, and will encourage participants to imagine and explore their responses to climate change through storytelling, play and performance.
Climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, is often viewed as a distant and future threat, separate from daily life. This project aims to change that by bringing together the Onca Centre for Arts and Ecology and students from the Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton.
By publically voicing their ideas and experiences, the students will gain agency and empowerment around the issue of climate change with the project benefitting from the international profile of the environmental campaigner and games designer Ken Eklund.
The media researchers, Onca Centre for Arts and Ecology and Dorothy Stringer School will create and share resources for use in schools and universities, collaborating to deepen public and youth engagement with climate change. The project will provide valuable insights into young people’s perceptions of climate change, enabling further research projects in this area to be developed.
The project commences on 14 September, 2015 and will feature a public FutureCoast event at ONCA on 26 September. Book your place.