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About Creative Climate at the OU

Updated Wednesday, 31st July 2013
Find out about the Creative Climate project—why we set it up, how to explore the wide range of diaries, and how to submit your own.

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Creative Climate is a diary project that is recording how people understand and respond to environmental change between now and the year 2020. Joe Smith, director of Creative Climate, explains the thinking behind this ambitious long term project:

Environmental change issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change and resource depletion are some of the biggest and most complex challenges of our time. The Creative Climate project brings together accounts of the ingenuity, imagination and determination that people from all over the world are applying to these issues. We are inviting people to keep their accounts of how they are thinking about and acting on these issues in an online global diary.

The diaries are growing into a living archive of experiences and ideas in what many consider to be a critical decade in human history.

The project collects thoughts and stories from doorstep to workplace, from lab to garden; from international conference to community project – from all over the world. Many people have offered a diary as an individual, but others post as a group, or as an institution.

We expect and seek a range of views and experiences. Some diaries have been professionally produced, including specially commissioned BBC TV and radio broadcasts, but the project actively welcomes diary postings from anyone who is thinking about or acting on environmental change issues. Within easy reach of the diary content you can find free environmental learning materials produced by the world’s leading provider of distance learning materials: the UK’s Open University.

Do browse the diaries. The website and content will change and grow over the years to come. We will be putting in place new ways of navigating and engaging with the diary content as time goes by. Most importantly, please join the project by submitting your own diary, and encourage others to do likewise.

How to make and submit a diary

It's easy to become part of Creative Climate. Chris Packham has the details:

We suggest you view a few of the Creative Climate diaries to see how others have presented their thoughts and actions on environmental change.

Some people write text, others record an audio or video diary. If you're interested in sharing a video diary, here's a short guide to making video. You can also attach an image to a text diary.

You can either tell your story in your own words or use the following questions to guide you:

  • What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
  • What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
  • What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
  • How optimistic are you when you you consider the future, and why?

Share your diary here.


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