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What is shaping how you think about the planet’s future?

Following the Forecast event at City Hall, through May 2023, a series of online discussions connected international collaborators to explore the stories that are helping shape our future. From the future of urban land use in Mexico City to looking at charcoal burning in rural Kenya, the talks explored how storytelling helps us understand both the politics, the indigenous perspective and the social consequences of climate change. As the burdens of climate change and benefits of technological advancements fall unequally, the discussions explored how storytelling also gives us strategies, ideas, and projects that are helping shape more equitable and sustainable futures.  

You can watch recordings of all four Online Series talks below.

‘Smoke Jumpers’ – the stories we tell about energy

Forecast commissioned artists Wangechi Ngugi and Daniel Muchina from Kenyan based Art & Science Films Afrika in conversation with social scientist collaborator Rebecca Clube of Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London, chaired by Mala Yamey Invisible Dust.

‘Alices in Warmingland’ – Two climate curators in conversation

Alice Sharp, Founder Invisible Dust UK & Alice Audouin, Art of Change 21, France, discuss storytelling, the role of art in climate change and the future. Chaired by independent curator Alessandro Vincentelli.

What can art bring to the topic of climate change? How can artist’s stories help us to understand and feel a new way forward? 

Infrastructure and Energy – Artist Presentation

Julie Freeman talks about her latest commission with ‘Data as Culture’ at the Open Data Institute, a data-driven kinetic artwork with the support of Invisible Dust which was shown at City Hall on 19th May.

Land uses and renewal 

A presentation by Leticia Lozano of Maica Estudio and Sofía Deveaux Durán from Estudio Abierto on the Tarango Ravine, a toxic waste filled piece of land in Mexico City that has been cleaned and put into community use.

Chaired by broadcaster Bidisha Mamata.

Programme Collaborators

We are delighted to be working alongside some wonderful people and organisations from around the world as Forecast evolves over the coming months and years. Our partners include:

  • University College London (UCL)
  • The Royal Docks Team
  • Greater London Authority
  • Open Data Institute
  • UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) programme
  • Art & Science Films Afrika (ASFA)
  • MACIA Estudio and Estudio Abierto, Mexico City

50 thoughts about the planet’s future

When we first launched Forecast programme in 2021, we asked our central question to 50 people across the world, asking for answers in no more than 50 words:

What is shaping how you think about the planet’s future?

Contributors include Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Carlo Rovelli, Lily Cole, Hyphen Labs, Kasia Molga, Usman Haque and Judy Ling Wong.

You can browse read their responses here.

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