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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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What if there was no water?

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

This is a 2-hour participatory workshop, designed for children aged  7-14 years and their parents. It will showcase findings from research funded by the BBSRC and ESRC around the physical and mental health impacts of climate change and water insecurity. We anticipate the session will last around 2 hours, and will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and activities. We will be asking participants permission to take photos throughout the event and will request for them to share their stories with us, so we can showcase their contributions on the Every Day Clean website.  

What’s it about?

Can you imagine what our lives would be like without water? What would Glasgow and places we visit look like if there was no water? How would this change our daily lives?   

Through creative writing and an open discussion of ideas, this interactive event will explore how daily life is shaped by access to water. In Scotland, water is abundant, and we may even complain of 'too much rain'. By sharing our research (supported by BBSRC and ESRC) in resource-limited communities in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, we hope to highlight to people, particularly children, what it means to live in countries where water is not always available due to climate change and learn from the ideas they have.   

Using a 2-minute animation, photos, stories, and talking about the power of those stories, we encourage participants to imagine what their daily lives would be like if it stopped raining in Scotland - how would this affect what they could / could not do and how would they feel about it?  

We aim is to get people to think differently about water and rainfall in their locality and to understand how their local actions to mitigate against climate change can help people in other parts of the world.

Who’s leading the event?

Jude Robinson, Professor of Health and Wellbeing.
Zoe Strachan, Reader in Creative Writing, Critical Studies.

Open to

Public and youth - anyone is welcome to attend but younger children should have an adult with them throughout the workshop 

Of particular interest to

Anyone interested in environmental issues, climate change and global health would be very welcome to attend

Event Booking details

Online booking will be available soon

Scheduling information

There will be 2 seperate sessions 11-1 and 2-4