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The Climate In Your Hands: empowering young people’s engagement in climate action through Zine-making

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What’s on offer?

A 90-minute, zine-making workshop, led by experienced zinesters (artists and writers) based at the Glasgow Zine Library. The workshops will be virtual, through Zoom, and there will be BSL interpreters and live captioning.

What’s it about?

This workshop will enable young people to create zines around their experiences of climate activism/the climate action movement, against the backdrop of COP26 in Glasgow. It will be an opportunity to explore young people's perceptions of present and future climate change, and their experiences of the climate action movement, through their own creative communication, whilst also equipping them with new skills and confidence as a pathway to potential careers in publishing, writing, or illustration.

Who’s leading the event?

This workshop will be led by the Glasgow Zine Library and Melanie Ramdarshan Bold (University of Glasgow). The workshops will be run by two experienced, Glasgow-based, zinesters. Glasgow Zine Library (GZL) is a community archive and hub, and zine library based in Govanhill. Their events are community-focused and designed to be affordable and accessible.

Open to

The project will invite 14-18 year olds - based in Glasgow - to explore climate change issues by making zines.

Of particular interest to

We are particularly interested in participants from socially marginalised groups (self-identified) i.e. LGBTQIA+, people of colour, gender diversity, disabled people (includes neurodiversity and chronic illness as well as physical disabilities), and religious minorities. An important aspect of this workshop is to use zines as an outlet for young people, who feel "othered" for a multitude of reasons and who do not see themselves represented in mainstream media, to explore their interests and identities through writing. Zine-making has a long history as an activist tool and has traditionally offered an outlet of self-expression for young people.

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