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Autumn 2022: Join the sustainability conversation

Mon 12th September 2022 - Blog Posts, Communities, Courses & Events Summaries, News

This autumn, Learning for Sustainability Scotland is delighted to be working with The University of Edinburgh, British Council, SCOREscotland and the Climate Sisters (supported by the Women’s Environmental Network) to create and deliver a suite of sustainability-related learning opportunities.

This series of linked opportunities offers the chance to engage in local and global sustainability conversations which are supported, facilitated, free and underpinned by our core values of community, collaboration, local and global connections, commitment to action and issues of intersectionality and climate justice. Please read on to find out more…

1. September 2022

‘Climate Sisters: bringing women’s voices to the climate table’

22-29 September
Exhibition: showing at Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR

Climate Sisters is a group of 13 women who formed during a climate leadership course in 2020. Women from marginalised and diverse communities are often the first to be impacted by social injustices and more often than not their voices are the last to be heard.  This is no different for climate change both here in the UK and globally. The women were encouraged to develop the ideas they had formed during this course – highlighting the aspects of climate change that they cared most about – into creative ways to have their voices heard. 

This resulted in 13 interactive exhibition pieces that will be on display from 22-29 September* at the Greyfriars Charteris Centre in Edinburgh. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, Women’s Environmental Network and SCOREscotland to bring this exhibition to you.

Why an exhibition? Why share stories?

The creative arts and online courses are an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of the climate and broader sustainability debate. We believe that the arts and the role of personal storytelling through interviews, recorded content and community discussions within the MOOCs can act as an effective starting point for discussion. The aim with our creative approach is to offer stories as starting points that foreground a human, personal, and everyday insight into injustices and concerns which grounds the global challenges we face in a relatable format, whilst ensuring the emphasis is not solely on individual action but contextualised within the systemic injustices and practices that perpetuate unsustainability.

Ultimately, our collective aim is to bring everyone into climate/ sustainability conversations, to respect their opinions and diverse starting points, to communicate that there are multiple ways to engage, and actions that we (individually and collectively) can take from wherever we are and with whatever tools, resources, passions and spheres of influence we have.

*Please note that the exhibition will not be open on Saturday 24 September due to a closed event.

2. October 2022

‘Learning for a Sustainable Future’

Starts 03 October
Massive Open Online Course

This course supports you to reflect, investigate, discuss and develop an informed response to the global challenges that matter to you. Taking a personalised issue-based approach, you will have the opportunity to further investigate the diverse causes, impacts, and multiple social and political factors related to a sustainability issue that you feel is important; before making an informed response towards taking action, in whatever form that may take.  Recognising that we will all come to this course from various starting points and with a range of perspectives, we have created space for community discussions where we can share our own contexts, issues and experiences and learn with and from one another. The course also offers an opportunity to reflect and discuss the teaching and learning approaches we offer whilst creating space to hear the ways in which you are working, or may wish to work, with your learners, whomever they may be.

Find out more and sign up here. We look forward to welcoming you!

3. November 2022

‘Live at COP27’

Starts 07 November
Massive Open Online Course

This 2-week MOOC ran last year in parallel with COP26 and attracted over 4,000 learners from over 130 countries worldwide. We are very pleased to be able to offer it once again; aligning this time with COP27, which is being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 06 – 18 November. We are very grateful to be working in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and British Council to bring you this course.

We are working closely with The University of Edinburgh’s delegation to COP27, British Council Cairo, and partners internationally to bring a mix of pre-scheduled content coming from community groups, education and the arts as well as live content as it emerges from COP27. This MOOC will remain available as a legacy resource on Future Learn until November 2023.

Click here to read more and sign up.

We look forward to having you join us at one or more of these opportunities.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require any additional information and follow us on Twitter @LfSScotland to keep up-to-date with the latest news.