Waves of Change exhibition explores climate hope and sustainable futures

waves of change encompasses a series of collaborative research projects at the University of Bristol, led by Professor Daniela Schmidt (climate scientist), Dr Camilla Morelli (anthropologist) and Sophie Marsh (animation director).

Bringing these three disciplines together, the research aims to engage children and young people in Bristol, Cornwall, Wales and the Amazon rainforest, exploring and broadening their views on positive climate action.

Participants participated in workshops in which they discussed their current lives and imagined futures, before bringing their ideas to life in writing, illustration, and animation based on these conversations.

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“I would like to plant more trees at the school. And I would like to make my neighborhood parks safer, so we can go play there.” Lucy, 12 years old – Bristol. Photo: Ben Battel

“The medium of animation allows young people to show their imagination of positive futures,” say the organizers.

“By widely disseminating these animated films, they can raise awareness about climate change and share a sense of climate hope with others.”

“The coast is our home. We love the beach and we want to protect it.” Polly and Matilda, 16 years old – Cornwall. Photo: Ben Battel

The artwork and animations that have emerged from waves of change is gathering for an exhibition at the Wills Memorial Building, which opens with a special launch event, film screening and Q&A on April 21, and runs through July.

The project has been funded by AHRC, the British Academy, the Cabot Institute for the Environment, Research England, NERC and the University of Bristol.

“I grew up in the forest and moved to the city when I was 16 to study. After I graduate, I would like to work in a reforestation program in my own community. We must take care of the forest”. Marta, 19 years old – Amazon. Art by Guillermo Pëmen – photo: Waves of Change

The Waves of Change exhibition is at the Earth Art Gallery, Wills Memorial Building from May to July; Opening every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It’s free to attend. Tickets for the opening night film screening, reception and gallery tour on April 21 are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

Main photo: Waves of Change (Still from the film – Non axebo 2)

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