#1 Tell truths: arts, science & engagement

This pathway is about declaring and communicating with people. You might provide evidence, invite diverse voices in, or use creativity to convey and explore truths.

Find more about the emergency and the truths you might tell.

Involve people in expressing their truths

Arts and culture can profoundly highlight our own truths and help us see from other perspectives. Truth-telling is best when done in participatory ways, creating space for dialogue and acknowledging that there is no single truth but shared truths can be agreed from different experiences.

Tell particular stories

You might want to use your creativity and influence to make a bold statement of truth-telling about the Earth crisis. Consider focusing on a particular aspect of the crisis rather than generalising too much. You might want to highlight hidden truths, for example, the experiences of people first and worst affected. Or you might try to help people understand connections between consumption, climate change, biodiversity, conflict and migration.

Show the invisible

Arts, especially when using digital technology can make the invisible more visible, for example, raising awareness of air quality or future possible impacts.

Educate for eco-capacities

Creative education programmes can help to nurture forgiveness, by enabling truth-telling and dialogue between people with different experiences. This educational work needs to be designed to develop people’s ecological capacities, in multiple ways.

Creative approaches to declaration

Rather than, or as well as, writing a standard text or press release you could:

  • Hold a participatory event to generate a visual or performed manifesto
  • Create placards or banners to take on a walk or display on a building
  • Hold a ceremony, perhaps to plant trees or make pledges together.
  • Make wearable art with key messages
  • Add labels to products to explain your declaration

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