Poetry for Local weather Motion at COP26

Poet Louisa Adjoa Parker within the local weather poetry workshop at Damers College ©Damers College

I’ve talked about earlier than about Individuals Want Nature’s work with The Poetry Society’s Younger Poets Community. We’ve been working collectively for 5 years now, getting poets to put in writing challenges that encourage younger poets (internationally) to put in writing about totally different facets of nature and what it means to them in their very own lives. You may see the challenges and skim the profitable and counseled poems on the PNN web site.

This yr, within the run as much as COP26, the massive local weather convention, we set a problem written by Devon poet Louisa Adjoa Parker. On the identical time we bid to the COP26 organisers, to take the profitable poets to Glasgow so they may carry out their poems and present how younger individuals are feeling concerning the local weather, and the dearth of local weather motion. I’ve already written about these poems and the way highly effective they’re – you possibly can see or hear among the profitable poets performing their poems on the Poetry Society web site.

The COP26 organisers appreciated our proposal and have given us an hour to showcase the poets and their work – and that’s occurring tomorrow at 12pm.

You may watch the performances stay on Youtube utilizing this hyperlink .

Simply in case it doesn’t work, seek for COP26 Inexperienced Zone Tower Base North, which is the identify of the venue.

This yr, I’ve additionally been working with Damers First College in Poundbury (Prince Charles’ new urbanism experiment), which makes use of the Concord Curriculum, putting nature on the coronary heart of the youngsters’s studying. The primary challenge was to gather wildflower seeds from native locations, propagate the seeds in class and plant them out on Poundbury’s Nice Discipline, the place I’ve been working with the Duchy of Cornwall to create new areas of Wildflower Meadow and different wildflower habitats. This has been immensely rewarding for me, and the youngsters (and academics) actually get pleasure from it. Taking among the courses out to gather seed, I used to be instructed that it was the primary go to past the college gates for effectively over a yr – and the youngsters revelled in being exterior in nature.

Following on from this challenge, I used to be speaking to the college concerning the local weather poet problem, and we thought it will be nice to carry a poet into the college to work with small teams of kids to encourage them to put in writing about nature and the local weather. This has come to fruition and Louisa Adjoa Parker has come into the college and run 4 half day workshops in October and November. I’ve performed a supporting position and inspired the youngsters to consider how nature, folks and local weather are linked collectively. We made use of the College’s small however glorious wildlife backyard, to encourage the youngsters to consider nature and the local weather, and Louisa led a brief mindfulness train, the place the youngsters focus their consideration on a flower, or a seedhead. Within the workshop earlier this week a few the boys had been taking a look at a reedmace spike and determined it seemed like a poo on a stick, which was correct and poetic!

Louisa working with the youngsters in Damers wildlife backyard ©Damers College

I discussed to the college that it will be wonderful if we might one way or the other hyperlink the college local weather poetry workshops with the Glasgow occasion and questioned if we might make a movie of the youngsters of their workshops, and some of them reciting their poems. By wonderful coincidence, the college IT officer is a skilled television producer, and he or she spent the day filming the youngsters at their workshops, then organised filming of the youngsters performing their poems, and edited all of it collectively, all in time to get it over to the COP26 folks.

me speaking to the youngsters a couple of flower ©Damers College

So tomorrow in addition to the winners of the problem, we are going to present the movie of the Damers Youngsters being impressed and performing their poems about nature and the local weather. Bear in mind these are years 3 and 4 – seven to 9 yr olds. I used to be actually struck by how conscious they had been (and I feel most of that’s right down to Damers College and the way in which they encourage their college students to be curious and enquiring) and the way highly effective their poems are.

Should you aren’t capable of watch it stay (and I realise that it clashes with tomorrow’s huge local weather motion occasion), I think about that there might be a chance to observe it on catch up and I’ll let you realize the hyperlink to that when I do know it myself.

About Miles King

UK conservation skilled, writing about nature, politics, life. All views are my very own and never my employers. I do not write on behalf of anyone else.

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