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Partners: Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST), Beach Coop, CareCreative, HC360Crew

The project is a collaboration between researchers from the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) at Stellenbosch University (Nadia Sitas, Odirilwe Selomane), the University of Cape Town and The Beach Coop (Ffion Atkins), Amava Oluntu, and locally-based artists: CareCreative (Claire Homewood) and members of the HC360Crew.

The work entails engaging with youth communities through a series of immersive and creative workshops which involve art-based processes, beach and urban waterway cleanups and a participatory mural development. Our themes have focussed on experiences in nature, creativity, diversity, exchange, science, culture & public art, all whilst creatively surfacing visions for the future.

The project has is aligned with the YouthNatureFutures initiative and had funding from the Cape Higher Education Consortium and the City of Cape Town and more recently the Global Resilience Partnership (https://www.globalresiliencepartnership.org/) with the project winning a ‘Knowledge into Use’ award. Further funding is being sought to expand on and develop the project further.The project is a collaboration between researchers from the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) at Stellenbosch University (Nadia Sitas, Odirilwe Selomane), the University of Cape Town and the Beach Coop (Ffion Atkins), Amava Oluntu and locally-based artists: CareCreative (Claire Homewood) and members of the HC360Crew.

The work entails linking two youth communities (Mitchells Plain and Muizenberg) through 3 workshops which involve art-based processes, beach and urban waterway clean-ups, and a participatory mural development. Research looking at the role of education for sustainability has shown that many formal education systems highlighting climate and other environmental change linked to land, water, and air pollution are often insufficient and inadequate to the challenges at hand and need to be grounded in local contexts and realities. Further, owing to the complexities and uncertainties of climate science, as well as the diversity in worldviews and understanding,communicating climate and environmental change to the public is challenging. Providing safe spaces for transformative learning experiences to occur is important for instilling agency and purpose in future generations and building resilience capacities in people and communities, as well as the ecosystems that sustain important ecological processes important for human well being.

The project is supported by the Cape Higher Education Consortium and the City of Cape Town. Further funding is being sought to complete the project.

For more info visit: https://youthnaturefutures.org/