‘Climate Sisters: bringing women’s voices to the climate table’
22nd September 2022 , 2:00 pm – 29th September 2022 , 3:00 pm
Exhibition: Greyfriars Charteris Centre, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR
Please note that the exhibition will be closed on Saturday 24 September for a private event.
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 138 The Pleasance, Edinburgh. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, and the Women’s Environmental Network 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.