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Creating climate democracy in Scotland
December 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
At the root of the climate emergency is a crisis of political imagination. Our current democratic structures are limited in who they represent, and what they can achieve. We need radical, collective visions of alternative futures to drive transformative action.
This Green Tease event will explore the role public participation can play in the climate and ecological emergency (CEE); and the importance of art and culture in envisioning and creating the radical climate futures we need. Malaika Cunningham from Artsadmin will present a live version of The People’s Palace of Possibility a largescale interactive performance installation about utopias, rage, and how we create change.
A just and equitable response to the CEE requires the creation and extension of dynamic, participatory systems with new citizen engagement opportunities.
Innovating and democratising decision-making processes in creative, community-oriented ways, empowers us to dream bigger and take bigger steps to creating the climate futures we want and need. Both human and non-human citizens of the world should have a say in their future. However, today the space for democratic participation is limited. Art and culture is essential in opening up spaces for democratic participation by connecting to imaginaries greater than the present, and greater than ourselves.
This event will bring together people in both the environmental and creative sectors to exchange knowledge, ideas and practices on how to drive effective, creative and collective public engagement with the CEE.
Together we will explore questions like: How can art and culture help us to imagine alternative futures and re-democratise decision-making? How can art and culture collect and share human and non-human stories? How does art and culture help us listen to local knowledge and empower communities towards collective action? How can we create and drive climate democracy in Scotland?
Photo credit event cover:Civic House Open Day, May 2022 – Tiu Makkonen | Roundtable event September 2022 – Rachel O’Regan