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Creative Climate Resilience Programme starts in Manchester

A new two-year project is starting in North Manchester. Funded by the national UK Climate Resilience Programme “Living with Climate Uncertainty” call, the project will explore how our communities and residents become more resilient to a changing climate. 

The project is being led by a team at the University of Manchester and is one of only three funded UK projects that have been funded by the UKRI call worth £1million in total.

Entitled  “Community Climate Resilience through Folk Pageantry “ this pioneering project will offers a creative and imaginative arts research project focusing on community knowledge and experiences to explore climate and environmental action. The project is a North Manchester-focused case study responding directly to its climate action policies and community contexts. For the communities and people who will be involved, this means creatively exploring how society copes with change and loss, and the skills, attitudes, values and approaches needed to live with on-going uncertainty and climate action.

Working across the ward, including along the Rochdale canal, the project combines geography, mapping, performance, puppetry, music, growing, arts practices, and intangible and material heritages.

The team at the University of Manchester is being led by led by artist and Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Dr Jenna Ashton, composer and lecturer in Music, Dr Kevin Malone, and geographer and scientist Prof Sarah Lindley.

Dr Jenna Ashton says, “The climate and environmental emergency is overwhelming for many people, and adaption is not an easy thing to think about when so many other things are going on in people’s lives. We’re using arts and storytelling to work with residents to explore their barriers and solutions. We want people to also have fun and learn new skills as part of that.”

Dr Ashton and the team will bring together a range of partners including Manchester Climate Change Agency (MCCA), Manchester City Council (MCC), Neighbourhoods North Manchester (Miles Platting & Newton Heath ward), Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) and National Trust North Region (NT), with advisory and impact-related support from Manchester Arts and Sustainability Team (MAST) and the EU C-Change Project, Manchester Institute of Education (MIE, UoM), Manchester Environment Education Network (MEEN), and the Black Environment Network (BEN). 

We define resilience as “the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events” (Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions 2019).

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