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Of all the threats to humanity, the effects of global warming and climate change are the greatest concern. Temperatures and sea levels are on the rise. Glaciers are melting. We’re seeing more droughts, floods, fires, storms, erosion, decline and extinction. We’re on the verge of a tipping point, so what are we going to do about it?

Immediate action is required if even the most conservative predictions about the devastating impact of the climate emergency are to be avoided. The burning of fossil fuels, cutting down of forests, exploitation of natural resources and livestock farming have led to a rapid and possibly unstoppable rise in global temperatures.

What role do the arts play in a response to this urgent global challenge? How might makers, writers, artists, designers and architects come together to address this crisis? How can we work together to heighten awareness, call others to act, persuade policy-makers or inform the decisions individuals make about the way we live our lives?

A key concern for students in this theme was to explore how measures and rhetoric that speak to the climate emergency might be decolonised, asking what it means to take an anti-racist approach to addressing the world’s greatest challenge. A call for reparations and collective global action was keenly discussed, acknowledging that the impact of climate change is felt first, and worst, by those nations and people least responsible for it.

Here you will find the work of collectives who through dynamic active dialogue have investigated how to respond to, engage with or deepen awareness of the climate crisis.

Very loosely woven white fabric hanging with pockets containing green and red moss in different stages of growth

19 Projects for Climate Crisis