If we do not change the way we live, future generations will inherit unprecedented levels of global warming, and a drastically different planet by as early as 2030. Young people have begun to respond to our collective inaction on climate change – how can we creatively amplify their voices, and proactively support the next generation to continue to take action on local environmental and climate change issues that matter to them?
Whilst in residence at Metal, art collective, Shrinking Space will collaborate with schools and youth clubs across Picton to co-design a creative education project on climate change, exploring the possibilities of local, arts-led activism and its global impacts.
The project builds on the history of creative action in Liverpool, and the resurgence of climate strikes led by young people across the globe, who are directing their energies to change the course of history, and resolve our ecological crisis.
Shrinking Space will work together with artists, climate and social scientists from local Liverpool Universities to ensure the next generation has access to the latest climate research. They aim to listen, and discover how we can help young people respond to the impending climate crisis, and continue to influence our collective action, exploring forms of peaceful activism.
The pilot phase aims to lead to a large-scale mass participatory project for young people across Liverpool in 2020, and builds on the legacy of Metal’s previous young people’s programme offer: The Day the World Got Smaller, Trackbed, and We Can Play.
Project artwork by Amber Akaunu