Future Scapes: Imagining Our Climate Futures

Future Scapes: Imagining Our Climate Futures
Main Topic
Solidarity - Civic Activities
Additional Topic(s)
Solidarity - Participation
Solidarity - Social Activities
Solidarity - Volunteering
1-2 hours
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
(Learning) goals
• To increase awareness and understanding of climate change and its potential impacts.
• To encourage creative thinking and future planning.
• To foster a sense of responsibility and empowerment to take action for a sustainable future.
Expected Results
• Participants will develop a deeper understanding of climate change and its possible outcomes. They will feel more empowered to take action and advocate for sustainable practices. The activity will also enhance their creative and collaborative skills.
Overview of Activity
"Future Scapes" is a creative and interactive activity where young people explore the potential impacts of climate change and imagine different future scenarios. Participants use artistic expression and collaborative storytelling to visualise how their world might change based on current environmental trends and actions.
Description of Activity
What is needed before?
Prepare materials and set up the space with enough room for group work. Provide climate change fact sheets or infographics for reference if needed.

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
• Begin with a brief discussion about climate change, its causes, and its potential impacts.
• Explain the purpose of the activity: to imagine different futures based on how we respond to climate change.

2. Brainstorming Session (15 minutes):
• Divide participants into small groups.
• Ask each group to brainstorm possible future scenarios based on different responses to climate change (e.g., a future where significant action is taken vs. a future where little to no action is taken).
• Encourage participants to think creatively about both positive and negative outcomes.

3. Future Scape Creation (30 minutes)
• Provide each group with large sheets of paper or poster boards and drawing materials.
• Instruct groups to create visual representations of their imagined futures. This could include drawings, diagrams, and written descriptions.
• Encourage participants to consider various aspects of life in their future scenarios, such as the environment, technology, society, and daily life.

4. Storytelling and Presentation (20 minutes)
• Each group presents their "Future Scape" to the rest of the participants.
• Groups should explain their scenarios, including the key factors that led to these futures and the potential impacts on people and the planet.
• Allow time for questions and discussions after each presentation.

5. Reflection and Discussion (10 minutes)
• Facilitate a group discussion about the different futures presented.
• Ask participants what they learned from imagining these futures and how it influenced their views on climate change.
• Discuss the importance of taking action now to shape a positive future.
6. Commitment to Action (5 minutes)
• Ask each participant to write down one action they can take to contribute to a sustainable future.
• Collect these commitments and display them as a reminder of their dedication to combating climate change.
Sources & Additional Materials
• Large sheets of paper or poster boards
• Markers, crayons, coloured pencils, and other drawing materials
• Sticky notes
• Flipchart or whiteboard
• Climate change fact sheets or infographics (optional)
Additional Notes
Debriefing Questions
How did imagining different futures help you understand the potential impacts of climate change?
What actions can we take today to ensure a more positive future?
How can young people influence and advocate for sustainable practices in their communities?

This activity encourages creative thinking and can be adapted for various age groups and group sizes. Ensure participants feel supported in expressing their ideas and discussing their visions for the future.

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