#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.
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
Inspiration and Resources
- Environmental involvement for young people
- The Great Imagining, a public education project creating a paradigm shift in humans
- Listening Project report: How culture & creative learning might respond to the Earth crisis
- Ecoversities: learners and communities reclaiming diverse knowledges, relationships and imaginations to design new approaches to higher education
- Universities engaging with culture and climate e.g. University of Exeter’s Climate Matters anthology and
- Museums for Future campaign supporting youth climate strikers