Glasgow Youth-Led Climate Crisis Legislative Theatre

Legislative

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 CouncilKaty Rubin, and Shared Future CIC. The project kicked off in March 2021 with three online workshops involving youth focussed organisations in Glasgow. These include YoMoGlasgow Disability Alliance and Urban Fox.

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! Cant wait till the COP26 project starts!

Following more face to face training in July 2021 the young participants put on a brilliant initial Legislative Theatre performance for Glasgow Council policy staff. With scenes focussing particularly on transport, liveable neighbourhoods and accessibility.

A final performance will be given to elected members of Glasgow City Council in September, which will help shape and influence policy related to Glasgow’s recently adopted climate plan.

Participants put on a brilliant initial performance for Glasgow City Council staff, with scenes focussing particularly on transport, liveable neighbourhoods and accessibility.

Cllr Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council’s City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, who attended the performance in July, 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.

The work builds on our experiences coordinating a legislative theatre workshop also led by Katy, which was held in April 2020, as part of our participatory budget collaboration called YouthPB.

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.