Network of change-making programs harness the power of art to make a greener world
The Global Networked Learning (GNL) Course, World Stage Design (WSD) Exhibition, and Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) program are all connected to each other, York University, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
York University hosted the Sustainable on the Go Conference, which was partially done through a GNL course. The GNL course is an innovative way of teaching that connects students from different parts of the world and allows them to work on projects together. In this case, the GNL course was used to work on sustainable design projects related to the Sustainable on the Go Conference. The conference aimed to raise awareness about sustainable transportation and reduce the environmental impact of transportation systems. The SDG that this conference aligns with is SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
One project developed through the GNL course was the Seed Design for the 2021 EcoDesign Charette. The Seed Design was exhibited at the WSD Exhibition as part of the Eco scenography section. The WSD Exhibition is a platform for designers and design students to showcase their work and exchange ideas about theatre design, exhibition design, and other related fields. The SDGs that the WSD Exhibition aligns with are SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
Some of the Seed Design projects were later displayed at the Queensland University of Technology, which indicates that the project has a global reach and could potentially inspire designers and design students from other parts of the world. This global reach aligns with SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
The Seed Design project was also related to the Climate Change Theatre Action project. This project aims to raise awareness about climate change through theatre performances. The SDG that this project aligns with is SDG 13: Climate Action.
Finally, the CCL program in Kananaskis is a training program for artists and cultural professionals to learn about climate change and develop leadership skills to address climate change. The program aims to empower cultural professionals to use their skills and knowledge to create social change and contribute to achieving the SDGs. The SDGs that the CCL program aligns with are SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. It was scheduled in partnership with WSD to align global and national conversations about sustainability in the arts.
In conclusion, the GNL course, WSD Exhibition, and CCL program are connected to York University and the SDGs. These initiatives aim to promote sustainability, raise awareness about climate change, and develop leadership skills to address these issues. By connecting these initiatives, York University is contributing to achieving the SDGs and promoting sustainable development.