We are looking to evolve The Peoples Countryside Podcast format into a stage production in front of a live audience as Live and Unscripted. This will include a photographic exhibition incorporating 18 images showing an interpretation of mans impact on the environment. It will be designed to ignite debate before and after the performance.
We are currently seeking funding sources to spend time with isolated indigenous societies and cultures to explore what we perceive to be more natural lives. How do they consciously or otherwise connect with the environment through their senses?
Exploring how they socially organise themselves, motivate, inspire and support each other. Looking at their relationship with nature and sustainability, the systems they use to work together and how they accommodate the different types of natural abilities among them.
Especially how they accommodate “difference” – how they deal with those who are different to the core group. Together with how they support and integrate the disabled amongst them and how 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.
Then relate our findings back to western societies and 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, radio, photography and film. 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/
1. Through sharing personal experiences to avoid people’s eyes glazing over at another environmental message, we will engage sections of western society and decision-makers that are cut off or remote from the environment, geographically or regarding their mindset. Creating a critical mass of conscious commitment to the environment.
2. Making the environment relevant to people’s lives is a step toward them want to protect it. Creating experiences that inspire for a life time.
3. We aim to 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.
4. To educate people to understand that nature is not just a resource but something with a right to exist. If nature doesn’t survive, nor do we as a species. Changing mindsets toward more sustainable aspirations and processes.
5. 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. Our aim is to motivate everyone to fight for survival.
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 Tunizia and Kenya.
Where will the trips be?
Arctic, Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, Greenland, Peru, Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mongolia, Kenya, Tunisia, Tibet?