A series of Climate Conversations
Plas y Brenin - National Outdoor Centre 4, 7, 8 & 11 July, 2019
LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE. A series of Climate Conversations
LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE.
A series of Climate Conversations
4, 7, 8 & 11 July, 2019
Plas y Brenin – National Outdoor Centre
Capel Curig, Conwy, LL24 0ET
Running alongside Egin, our international artist residency focusing on climate change, LAND. MONEY. REBELLION. HOPE. was a series of informal curated discussions about some of the most pressing issues relating to climate change.
We invited inspiring people working locally, nationally and internationally, to join us and share their thinking in relation to the focus for each evening. Together, we discussed these ideas from our different perspectives and imagined our shared futures.
With special thanks to Gentle/Radical, whose ‘Decolonising Environmentalism’ symposia in Cardiff and Swansea in 2018 inspired thinking behind this programme of events, as well as impetus for the invitations we made.
Facilitated by Lindsey Colbourne.
Watch this space for a bilingual podcast series comprised of some of the discussions from the Climate Conversations, which will be released very soon.
Thursday 4th July 2019.
With Suzanne Dhaliwal and Aaron Thierry discussing rights and relationships to land to explore some of the challenges ahead of us, and with music from Eve Goodman.
Suzanne Dhaliwal is a queer advocate provocateur, interdisciplinary artist, lecturer and environmental justice and anti-oppression trainer. In 2009 she co-founded and was director of the UK Tar Sands Network, which challenged BP and Shell investments in the Canadian Tar Sands in solidarity with frontline indigenous communities for a decade, which spurred the internationalisation of the divestment movement.
Dr. Aaron Thierry received his PhD in Ecology from the University of Sheffield. He subsequently researched the impacts of global warming on the carbon cycle in Arctic ecosystems. His studies have led him to be very concerned about the potential impacts of disruptions to our climate. A passionate advocate for environmental and social justice Aaron was one of the thousands who took part in Extinction Rebellion’s actions in London.
Sunday 7th July 2019.
With Rabab Ghazoul and Radha Patel of Gentle/Radical, and performance by David Hopewell
‘Money makes the world go around.’ Or does it?
What does money mean? And how is it useful to talk about money, or resource, in the context of climate change?
We explored these questions and others to determine what ‘resources’ are at our disposal and how we might use these to bring about radical change.
Gentle/Radical is an artist-run project. “We’re interested in change. Our starting point is culture. From culture, we connect politics, community and social justice, building projects from the ground up. We live in Wales. We believe in the power of small nations and we want to create art from spaces of equity and solidarity.”
Monday 8th July 2019.
With Asad Rehman, and with performances from The Marmaladies, Sioned Eleri Roberts and Katherine Betteridge.
So what’s next? Time to do something differently?
With Asad we looked at the power rebellious actions can have when committed to the building of community and shared visions of the future.
Asad Rehman is the Executive Director of War on Want, the radical campaigning charity that works to end poverty and injustice globally and in the UK. He has created some of the UK’s most hard hitting and transformative campaigns, and has been pivotal in reframing environmental and climate injustice issues, highlighting the connection between the refugee crisis, inequality and climate impacts through his work around climate-induced migration.
Thursday 11 July 2029.
With Andrew Simms and Ignasi Torrent, and with performances from Rob Spaull and Charles Gershom.
Urgent and possible – reasons to be hopeful: We’ll be exploring some inspiring examples of projects and approaches around the world.
Dr. Ignasi Torrent is an associate lecturer at the Department of International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. His research includes Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, the Anthropocene, new materialisms as well as non-modern forms of story-telling such as indigenity, arts and science fiction.
Andrew Simms is an author, political economist and campaigner. He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute , coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, assistant director of Scientists for Global Responsibility , a research associate at the University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation. His books include Cancel the Apocalypse, Ecological Debt, and Economics: A Crash Course. He tweets from @andrewsimms_uk
Lindsey is an artist with a collaborative practice based on 25 years of conflict resolution and public participation for sustainable development in Wales, UK and internationally. She is a Welsh learner and lives in Nant Peris.