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Design Innovation Academics Launch Climate Action Heroes Project

18 January 2021

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The ‘Climate Action Heroes’ project links climate action with economic regeneration. It aims to empower young people to imagine and create desirable futures for themselves and their community as they progress into adulthood. The project also feeds into CUK’s strategy for influencing the London 2021 Mayoral elections’ stand on climate action and economic regeneration with a focus on lower income groups.

One of the main initiatives of this project is engaging over 120 young people of different abilities and from various socio-economic, ethnic backgrounds to envision and plan for their future, as well as resourcing them for climate action and regeneration. It will be a key initiative that builds on existing work within Loughborough University London’s (LUL) ‘Widening Participation’ plans, enhancing place-based relationship between the university and the local community.

The project aims to develop young people’s ‘creative leadership’ capacity by boosting skills which are less attended through the school curriculum. It focuses on aligning their personal aspirations with sustainability values, empowering them to envision and create policies, enterprise and environmental championship in their community. Through project-making, participants will exchange information, approaches, experiences, methodologies and techniques from their own discipline and learn from participants from other disciplinary backgrounds, and identify synergies to develop potential collaborations with others interested in developing community leaders for the future. Focussing on aligning their personal aspirations with sustainability values, empowering them to envision and create policies, enterprise and environmental championship in their community.

The ‘Community Action Heroes’ toolkit, comprises of a set of activities, digital games and supporting resources. This ‘package’ will be publicly accessible to download online. Over the past 2 months three workshops have been held (via Zoom) looking at the briefing process, model review and prototype review. This ensures all participants are fully equipped to produce a impressive body of work and enable thought provoking ideas seamlessly.

If you’re passionate about climate change, economic regeneration or enhancing your research & development leadership skills. Click here to get involved and potentially make an impacting change to the world as we know it!


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