Get involved: young people encouraged to have their say on climate change

3 March 2010

Now in its eighth year, the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science is aiming to provoke debate and discussion about climate change and the environment from young people across the UK. Drawing on their passion and enthusiasm, festival events will be engaging young people in topics such as sustainable communities, how humans should respond to a changing climate, and how they can use less energy in their day-to-day lives.

Rather than just listening to academics, young people will actively contribute to each of the events. Some of the events are completely interactive and hands-on, giving young people the opportunity to get real experience of the social sciences. At an event taking place in the Peak District, young people will be able to take part in a series of experiments to explore the relationship between moorlands, people, and climate change. In Newcastle students will become directors with hands-on experience of creating a documentary showcasing their ideas about how humans can deal with a changing climate.

Informing young people of the issues surrounding climate change, and helping them to think of possible solutions, is important for the future. As the young people of today will be the leaders of the future, it is essential to hear their views and let them get a better understanding of the wider issues.

The ESRC's Festival of Social Science encourages young people to discuss, discover and debate at exhibitions, talks and workshops. It gives them the chance not only to learn about themselves but to explore their future potential by getting involved with social science as well as wider society.

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Notes for editors

Events aimed at young people include:

  1. Focus on Low Carbon Living
    • Organiser: UKERC the Meeting Place, at Oxford University
    • Friday 12 - Saturday 13 March. 12 March: 19.00, 13 March: 10.00- 17.30
    • Venue: Science Oxford, 1-5 London Place, Oxford. OX4 1BD.
    • Monday 15 - Sunday 21 March 10.00- 17.30
    • For further information: Focus on Low Carbon Living (Oxford) 
    • Venue: At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol. BS1 5DB
    • Audience: All Audience
  2. Moorland Indicators of Climate Change Initiative (MICCI)
    • Organiser: Peak District National Park Authority
    • Monday 15 - Friday 19 March
    • Venue: Losehill Hall, National Park Learning and Environmental Conference Centre, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. S33 8WB
    • Audience: Events for schools and/or college students
  3. Humans in a Changing Climate
    • Organiser: The Great Debate
    • Saturday 20 March 09.00 - 16.00
    • Venue: Newcastle University, Kings Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. NE1 7RU
    • Audience: All Audience
  4. Social Science Taster Sessions for 16-18 year olds
    • Organiser: Newcastle University, CTRPH (Centre for Translational Research in Public Health)
    • Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 March 16.30 - 19.30
    • Venue: St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 4ST
    • Audience: Events for schools and/or college students
  5. Interpreting Sustainable Communities
    • Organiser: University of Strathclyde
    • Friday 12 - Saturday 20 March
    • Venue: Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow. G51 1EA
    • Audience: Events for schools and/or college students
  6. The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council. It runs from 12 to 21 March 2010, alongside National Science and Engineering Week. It features events from some of the country's leading social scientists the festival and celebrates the very best of British Social Science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future. The Festival provides insight into research in a variety of formats; from traditional lectures and exhibitions to theatrical performances, film screenings and topical debates. The Festival is aimed at a range of different audiences, including policymakers, business, the media, the general public and students of all ages.
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