Over the summer and autumn of 2021, we’ll be tackling the climate crisis through an intensive legislative theatre project led by young people.
The proposals will focus on the Glasgow City Council’s climate related strategies in the run up to the COP26 conference taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.
A winner of a NESTA Democracy Pioneers award, this project is a collaboration between Glasgow City Council, Katy Rubin, and Shared Future CIC. The project kicked off in March 2021 with three online workshops involving youth focussed organisations in Glasgow. These include YoMo, Glasgow Disability Alliance and Urban Fox.
On the 14th September 2021 the group gave its main performance, which will help shape and influence policy related to the city’s climate plans, to around 30 officers, elected members and members of the public.
The performance centered on public transport, liveable neighbourhoods and accessibility. “So much for being independent,” one of the characters ask, “when you can’t renew your pass? Have the money… but the bus has only one wheelchair spot… Wouldn’t it be great if bus stops could talk!”
“Thank you to Katy from YoMo for the Legislative Theatre taster workshop, which was incredible! Something totally different and really interesting, talking about important topics and had a good laugh too! Can’t wait until the COP26 project starts!”
The project has been running over six months, demonstrating the commitment of the young performers. Following face to face rehearsals during the summer, in late July 2021 the young participants put on an initial Legislative Theatre performance for Glasgow City Council policy staff. With scenes, at the request of the Council, focussing particularly on transport, liveable neighbourhoods and accessibility.
The Democracy Pioneers have put on two brilliant performances so far, and are now planning a third and final performance in late October 2021, just before COP26, with a wider public audience. The September performance was also filmed and being edited into a professional video that will be available in time for COP26.
Cllr Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council’s City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, who attended the first performance in July, and the later main event in September, said of the project:
“Finding new ways of engaging with young people around the topic of climate change is of huge importance, and we need to ensure that young people’s views are represented in the coming years as we look to our COP26 legacy and beyond.”
“Climate change will have the biggest impact on our younger generations throughout their lifetime. We need to ensure that our policies not only have their best interests at heart but that they also understand their views are important and feel listened to by decision-makers in local and national government.”
“I look forward to seeing what recommendations the group come up with at the performance in September. It will certainly be eye-opening.”
“I’d also like to congratulate the partners involved with this project, as they were recently nominated for the Innovation in Politics awards, and I wish everyone involved the best of luck.”
“Climate change will have the biggest impact on our younger generations throughout their lifetime. We need to ensure that our policies not only have their best interests at heart but that they also understand their views are important and feel listened to by decision-makers,” Glasgow City Council’s City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Anna Richardson.
Over the next few months Shared Future will continue working with Katy, Glasgow City Council and young people living in Glasgow on developing their participatory theatre performances, led by those young people. Through which we plan to engage citizens, stakeholders and influencers in considering and making recommendations for tackling the climate crisis.
As this project evolves we will be updating this page.
If you want to find out more get in touch with Jez Hall.
Feature image: Jez Hall/Katy Rubin.
Embedded images: Steve Hosey.