Future Generations Climate Convention set to empower young people to take climate action

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The University of South Wales (USW) is working with environmental charity Music Declares Emergency to host Wales’ first Future Generations Climate Convention.

Taking place at USW’s Cardiff Campus on Thursday 29 February, the event will include a series of panel discussions, keynote talks and showcase projects dedicated to empowering young people in climate conversations. The convention is being hosted in partnership with touring and sustainability consultancy, Soliphilia, with support from Creative Wales.

Its inspiring array of speakers includes poets, set designers, musicians –– and creative practitioners, showcasing a diverse programme and one-of-a-kind convention experience. Popular Cardiff artist Lemfreck, and Sandy Clubb, Involvement, Collaboration and Culture Advisor for the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner, are among the panellists.

Work by Taylor Edmonds, a poet from Barry, will also form part of the event. She said: “I’m thrilled to be sharing my poetry at Wales’ first Future Generations Climate Convention. My time as Poet in Residence for the Future Generations Commissioner taught me the huge potential that creativity has to enact change. I’m passionate about empowering young people to use their creative voice in a vital time where the climate emergency threatens the future of Wales.

The convention is taking place as part of Immersed Festival – a multimedia event curated by creative industries students at USW – to offer an exciting platform for dialogue, learning and showcasing innovative projects that highlight the breadth and depth of climate action and storytelling within the creative industries.

It aims to create direct pathways for young people to embed sustainable practices in their careers, shaping a greener and fairer future for Wales, embracing the festival’s Future Utopias theme.

Pauline Bourdon, Sustainability Consultant at Soliphilia, added: “More than ever, it is essential that we engage and empower as many people as possible to rethink our ways of being, consuming and creating.

“When we started collaborating with USW and Music Declares Emergency for Immersed Festival, we had a very specific goal: to give students the tools and skills to engage and develop sustainable practices. while providing them with a creative platform. The Future Generations Climate Convention takes this goal further and demonstrates that young people deserve not only a right to a liveable future, but to be proactively part of the change and the solutions.”

The line-up of speakers at the convention also includes Anna Johnson, from record label Anjunabeats, who will share her experience of working with AI-generated art. She said: “Our climate future is not set in stone, therefore finding means to empower ourselves and each other to take action is vital. This has been a key driver for Anjunabeats’ collaboration with MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative.

“We examined how AI art can be a powerful tool in climate change communications, as it has the ability to create emotional and visceral connections with audiences. By using AI we can collaboratively create visually striking and thought-provoking art that can help raise awareness and encourage action on the urgent issue of climate change.”

Lewis Jamieson, Director of Communications Music Declares Emergency, said: “It’s wonderful to be working with the amazing team at Immersed for a third year and seeing our partnership develop and deliver so much creative and impactful work. We believe in the power of culture to transform the way we see the world, and create the hope and belief that is needed to make the world a better and safer place for all in the face of the climate crisis.

“Along with the talented students at USW, our work at Immersed has already created powerful images and messages that inspire people to believe in a better future. This year, the Future Generations Climate Convention will build on that work and put the voices of the future where they should be, at the centre of the conversation, to create a vision for a better, safer, greener planet for all.”

Running parallel to the convention is a creative industries careers and networking fair, where exhibitors can showcase their work and offer work placements opportunities. The convention and careers fair are part of a wider programme of Immersed Festival fringe events from 29 February to 7 March, which includes screenings of short films and an Immersed TV broadcast, exhibitions, art installations, immersive theatre, a city centre mural, sustainable fashion projects and a live music showcase.

To book a space at the Future Generations Climate Convention, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-generations-climate-convention-immersed-fringe-tickets-805268057437?aff=oddtdtcreator