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Workshop Series Living with Climate Change Responds to Climate Concern

Workshop Series Living with Climate Change Responds to Climate Concern

A series of student-led events on campus helped connect UVic students and the community on climate change issues

Photo by Carly Seder.

adaptation. mitigation. Adaptation. Transformation. hopefull. These are all words associated with the student-led Living with Climate Change series of events that took place on campus this fall.

The Living with Climate Change series featured several workshops and talks centered around climate change in October and November. Its goal was to promote the different ways students and community members can connect and support each other in the face of climate anxiety.

The UVic students responsible for organizing and creating this series are Pierce Jones, Savannah Barratt, Jaden Geske, and Jade Chicorelli.

After learning that the UVic Library had some additional funding in its Community Engagement Fund, the group decided they wanted to take action against climate change rather than just talking about it.

The process of creating this series began in the summer when it was originally planned to be just a short event on climate change.

“Pearce and I sat down and we were like, ‘Let’s live three days with climate change intervention, because a lot of it is based on theory and academicism,’” said Ciccurelli, one of the team organizers. “And we were like, ‘How do we integrate the community and the students, and then the professors and the different people? …and it ended up not just three days, but almost three months with multiple events.”

In October, the Living With Climate Change Group hosted an Art Reflection Workshop, where students created art, research, writing, and photography, showcasing student responses to living with climate change.

“We walked around the Gardens of Finnerty, and we kind of had everyone in the mind-body area,” Ciccurelli said. “And then we went and played with physical art. We had paintings and drawings, and we just talked about getting into your thoughts and feelings in an artistic way that not a lot of people get to do.”

Following this exercise, the group displayed these artistic responses from the students in a gallery on the main floor of the McPherson Library, an event that will run through November 30.

Other events included a climate art bazaar and a luncheon held in mid-November, where students were encouraged to take part in multi-faceted events, such as trash installations and graffiti panels. Students can collaboratively create art and discuss issues such as the effects of fast fashion on climate.

On November 19, the group organized a roundtable café, which featured interactive activities involving students, faculty, and the community where themes of adaptation, resilience, and mitigation were explored.

Chicorelli’s favorite event from the series was the Round Table Café.

“He. She [was] Kind of like speed dating, climate change, conversation space,” “We [had] groups of three [included] A student, community member, and knowledge holder at every table, people took turns on the topics of mitigation, adaptation, resilience, transformation, and motivation. “

The final event of the series involved a field trip that took place right after the Round Table Café, in an attempt to do some hands-on work and gain a different perspective on how to live with climate change. The field trip took place in SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet), on the traditional lands of the WSÁNEĆ peoples, in order to help do some restoration work.

According to their website, the SṈIDȻEȽ Resilience project is about “taking time to connect with the landscape and uncover the layers of stories that the land holds”. They host community groups and students interested in completing and supporting environmental and cultural restoration

“It took us a while to figure out where we wanted to go,” said Chicorelli. “It’s a really important historical place [an important place for] People who reconnect with their actual landscape. I think it’s a really good way to build attachment and put the work in [restoration]. “

Reflecting on the series, Chicurelli said that climate change is ultimately like living with bad roommates.

“We have to live with them and their changes and we have to support each other outside the room circle to find solutions and deal with that changing relationship. [Both] Make us very anxious. “It’s something we deal with every day,” said Chicorelli.

“So we’re trying to make it [the series] Really neat hence hopefully there is a legacy to come from. We’d like to see this [series] It happens every year.”


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