We’re looking to evolve The People’s Countryside Environmental Debates Podcast format into a stage production in front of a live audience as The People’s Countryside – Live and Unscripted.
This will include experiential photographic exhibition and drama components, aimed to ignite a debate in relation to mans impact on the environment.
To be able to spread a more powerful message, we are developing ourselves to be able to work and talk from personal experience. So we’re currently seeking funding to spend time with isolated societies and cultures, exploring what we perceive to be more natural lives.
EXPLORING THREE MAIN AREAS OF THEIR CULTURE.
Are these cultures any more connected to their environment than we are, or is their perceived sustainability driven by necessity and the situation the find themselves in?
How do they view and accommodate disability, or whether they have a concept such as ‘disability’?
How do they perceive and manage their own stress and anxieties. Answering questions such as where do stresses come from and how do they manage them as a group.
DECEMINATION OF THOSE LEARNINGS
Then relate our findings back to western societies, making it relevant through offering experiential insights and events through our wider work, that engages people with nature through their senses.
This includes, workshops, talks, writing, podcast’s, radio and wider audio, photography, stage show and film.
We’re excited to start instigating cultural and societal change regarding our collective relationship to nature, through experiential stage and theatre shows that will be environmentally friendly and subsequent workshops.
Cardboard Citizens has been making life-changing theatre with and for homeless people for more than 25 years. We want to give the environment a voice through work on the stage too. https://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/
OUR 7 OBJECTIVES
Sharing personal experiences, to engage scientists, decision makers and the public, cut off or remote from the environment, geographically or regarding their mindset. We’ll endeavour to prevent peoples eyes glazing over from another environmental message.
Creating a critical mass of conscious commitment to the environment. So we can assist in the advancement of a mass societal behavioural change, to enable humankind to survive by challenging the acquisition culture, and offering a sustainable alternative dream
Providing experiences that inspire for a lifetime. Making the environment relevant to people’s lives is a step toward them want to protect it. Changing mindsets toward more sustainable aspirations and processes.
Educating people to understand that nature isn’t just a resource but something with a right to exist. Which has the potential to develop mass societal behavioural changes because if nature doesn’t survive, nor do we as a species.
Motivate everyone to fight for survival. Indigenous jungle cultures exist in remote settings, and the indigenous Palestinians exist on the Gaza Strip, both fighting for their survival. We in the west are in the middle and not bothered about survival, preferring to think everything will be fine.
Enable people to get involved with things they can do to make a real change, not just tell them not to do things.
Improve sustainability of theatres and venues through the project.
Where will the trips be?
We’re currently working on funding for our planned research trips. Links are being made with the Achuar community in Peru/Ecuador and links are already in place with the Maasai in Tanzania and Kenya.
Trips to spend time with the native US/Canadian Indians and societies in Tibet and Mongolia also being explored.