The event “Climate Change Voices” is the opening event to our international theme week on climate change & peace. It is also part of this years National Research Days which are organized around the topic “Values”. During the workshop voices will be shared by those in the societies who are affected by a changing climate. Through the power of personal stories from Bangladesh, Dakota (USA), Lusatia (Germany), Eritrea and Sogn og Fjordane (Norway) participants will hear how climate change is connected to topics such as gender, education, culture, food and migration. Witnessing emotional stories will stimulate a lively panel discussion. Intercultural and emotional awareness exercises will support to create the necessary atmosphere. Participants will also be given the possibility to express their own voice throughout the day by writings, paintings or recordings. The workshop will take place in Kaupanger at the regional folk culture museum Heibergske Samlinger. Besides the workshop, you can also use the opportunity taking a journey back into former Viking times and ways of life in Western Norway. The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibitions that showcase how local people were able to live from and with nature. You can enter old farm houses and visit different workshops.
Guest speakers “Climate Change Voices”:
- “Voices from families affected by climate catastrophes” — presented by Dr. Nahid Rezwana, Department of Geography & Environment of the University of Dhaka Bangladesh
- “Voices from native folks affected by fossil fuel resource mining” — presented by Jana Tölke, Multi-lingual activist supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their protest against the running of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline
- “Voices from people escaping war, insecurity & hatred” — presented by guest speakers from Eritrea living in Sogndal
- “The local voice” — presented by Heibergske Samlinger
- Icebreaker game involving everybody
- Stories & audio material presented by the guest speakers
- Local food such as fish-soup and pancakes (sveler) at the joint lunch
- Guided tour through the Heibergske Samlinger & the exhibition on view “Our daily bread”
- Creative reflection facilitated in small groups with creative zone
- Final panel debate, also involving participants
Participants: Students and pupils from Sogn og Fjordane. The workshop is open to the general public. It is part of the Norwegian Research Days 2017 on the topic “Values”
Venue & time: Friday, 29th of September 2017, 9-18 at Heibergske Samlinger in Kaupanger.
Dr. Nahid Rezwana has been working on gender and disasters for last 8 years at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She focuses on her country which is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and natural disasters. Her research is focused on the climate change victims who live in remote and vulnerable locations of Bangladesh. Nahid has met and talked to many people affected by natural disasters. It the stories of those people which she will bring to the conference and make their voices heard.
Jana Tölke is an environmental activist supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their protest against the running of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. Speaking several languages (including Lakota) and having a broad international network, she collects documents and takes part in protest activities in Europa. Check out the Facebook group “Oceti Sakowin Camp”!