We are living through multiple emergencies: escalating environmental crises, systemic injustices, the horrors of conflict. In the midst of these realities, our demand for justice cries out.
Since 1970, communities around the world have come together to honour the planet and celebrate Earth Day. Over half a century on, so many of the environmental challenges we face have only become more urgent.
We are learning how to care for ourselves and our global community during these times. Let’s nourish our collective imaginations through our creative response.
Friday 22 April 2022
This Earth Day, the Climate Emergency Network invites you to take a seat at the table. Throughout the day, all over UAL, communal spaces will be taken over to create a series of collective experiences in the name of social and ecological justice. Download the full programme!
Tables will be hosted by UAL students, staff, alumni and guests at UAL sites across London. Tables where ideas can be shared, justice defined and fought for, collective action planned and where ritual, ceremony and the unexpected are welcome. The table is where we connect with our gut and digest ideas. We gather at the table to devise, discuss, debate and replenish. At the table we transform raw materials, consider their origins, transmit recipes and memories. Around the table we share joys and griefs, we mend, mould, plot and plan.
What might each of us bring to the table? And who?
Tables will be distributed across our College campuses in various configurations and at different scales. All contributions will be collected and amplified across our social media. The Climate Emergency Network will curate site-specific meal-time focal points, harnessing the rhythms and arcs of the day, all the while disrupting business-as-usual behaviours.
Some activities will last all day, others will pop up and disappear. Some will occupy specific spaces, others will be roaming, still others will exist in digital spaces. Surprise guests will turn up as participants or hosts. These table-top spaces will demonstrate the vital role of culture and creativity in processing the challenge of the climate and ecological emergency and how we might reimagine our lives in its wake. #Appetite4Justice