The pupils chose to present their findings in a range of creative ways, writing poems, short stories, alongside videos and pictures they had taken to represent what they had seen and heard. The outcomes of this project are raising awareness and understanding of coastal change and how communities are living with these natural processes which are being exacerbated by climate change. The project is also elucidating how the processes of being equipped with new knowledge can foster engagement with the environment and broader social action within the communities. The film below is a culmination of these initial outputs the children and young people have collectively created as part of their journey.
Click to view the film - Insecure - created with the Withernsea community
The film has been nominated in the Climate Crisis category of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) Research in Films Awards (RIFA) 2021. RIFA is the only film awards dedicated to celebrating and recognising arts and humanities research through film. Following this nomination, Katie Parsons took part in an online debate during COP26 called "Can films save the planet?, which explores how filmmaking can be used to inspire and mobilise present and future generations to adapt and change to help save our planet.
Click to view a recording of the AHRC debate 'Can films save the planet?'