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21 October - 17 November
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Climate Anxiety Storytelling and Comic Workshop

Climate Anxiety Comic Book Workshop

Lifelong wellbeing theme

Professional audiences

What’s on offer?

The workshops will take place  at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Each session is open to forty participants. During the session, there will be an introductory presentation on the connection between wellbeing and climate change before moving into a workshop where attendees use craft and creative practices to share stories about their strategies for coping with climate change. 

A creative approach to exploring these difficult issues allows us to physically and emotionally be fully present for the duration of the workshop. To not be thinking of the past or the future but of the here and now. By being creative we can open our minds to other possibilities and ways of thinking, and importantly allow us to play and have fun. 

All materials will be provided. We will use a variety of mark making and collage techniques, reflective writing exercises and discussion to explore the themes and discover more about ourselves and how we feel about the climate emergency. Additional learning and work at home will be encouraged but is optional.

What’s it about?

An interactive workshop aimed at young adults (16+) that explores Climate Anxiety - what it is, how it can impact us, and what we can do to feel more 'in charge' of how we feel, as well as more positive and hopeful.

Who’s leading the event?

Delivered by Dr Elizabeth Hobson. Elizabeth's research explores how communities and environments repair and transform after disasters. Rather than focusing on long-term ideas of recovery, her research challenges the apocalyptic anxieties we face in the immediate future to think about how we can live in these troubled times.

Elizabeth has recently worked with Riga Circus and Action for Climate in Latvia on their project Circus for Climate which used comic books as a tool for helping rural Latvian teenagers connect with the environment in a personal way. For these session, Elizabeth will be working with the University of Exeter's Wellbeing Network and members from the network will be helping to facilitate the sessions.

Open to

These workshops are open to everyone (16+). 

Of particular interest to

Designed to find out what climate anxiety means for some of us, these workshops are open to everyone (16+). No experience is necessary as it is the creative process and journey that is more important.

Event Booking details


Scheduling information

Saturday 4th November 10:30 - 12:30