Our burden: Carbondioxide theatre for climate action

Lizette Reitsma, Hayley Ho , Birgit Brunklaus, Sofie Nyström, Wasim Brikhan, Jennie Schaeffer, Merja Ryöppy, Henry Larsen, Elena Strøbech

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The biggest changes to the planet are made by humankind and action needs to be taken in order to guarantee a sustainable level of emissions for the planet (Rockström et al.2009). In the project presented in this poster, we engage young citizens (from 15 to 20years old), in critically reflecting on social norms and practices around climate goals and CO2emissions, through participatory theatre methods. Only when those involved can get sufficient authority to determine and guide the research and the research agenda, can a project be truly participatory (Winschiers-Theophilus2009). Participatory theatre offers ways to meet the longing for shared forums by engaging large groups of people in exploring difficult social dilemmas. It can potentially empower the young participants to change their own situations and organisations, as it is “likely to shake things into action or to “unfreeze” blocked situations” (Shreyögg and Höpfl 2004)
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference: Who Cares? - Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 2. Jun 20194. Jun 2019
Conference number: 8


ConferenceNordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference
LocationAalto University
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