Climate Action

The Surefoot Effect has found that people respond to different approaches in taking up action on Climate Change.

Our current programmes are:

Illustrated Climate

Along with our partners, Volontariato Torino from Italy, the Centre for Education and Entrepreneurship Support (CEES) from Poland, and E.N.T.E.R Network from Austria, we have secured €170,000 worth of funding for an Erasmus+ 2-year project with a focus on communicating aspects about climate change and other environmental issues at the local, national, European and international levels.  Co funded by the Erasmus + programme 

The first part of the project will see the creation of an interactive online platform where participants will be able to learn about different topics related to a deterioration of the global environments. These will include basic knowledge about climate change and other environmental problems, as well as potential solutions to these issues. Climate justice, environmental ethics, and corporate social responsibility will also be part of the curriculum.

The second part of the project aims at illustrating the main themes covered in the platform with the aid of 50 stills and a 20-page graphic novel created by European artists. We will also use these visual components as a dissemination tool. This fun and innovative format might make it easier for participants of the programme to learn core themes, especially for those without a scientific background of the subject.

A Tale of Two Futures

The Surefoot Effect along with Dom Spain from Spain and Ziniu Kodas from Lithuania, have secured funding for an Erasmus+ 3-year long project with a focus on communicating solutions to energy issues and climate change at the local, European and national levels. Co funded by the Erasmus + programme 

The Erasmus+ evaluators have praised the project proposal for having the ability to address the objectives and priorities set out in the programme guide “to design and implement effective provision for enhancing basic skills and key competencies and inclusive education, training and youth”, as well as for targeting educators to develop “new pedagogical approaches to train people in climate change and energy use”.

Climate Conversations developed for the Scottish Government in a programme involving Climate Exchange, Climate Outreach, Sniffer and ourselves.  This is a brief 1 hour introductory workshop to help people identify how climate change may impact their lives.

Climate Justice developed to help people access climate action from a perspective on how climate change impacts others.

Carbon Conversations six two hour group sessions to help people decrease their carbon footprint, in a support group setting.  For both individuals and workplaces. 

The Cape Town Water Crisis, White Man-made Climate Change, and the Road to Sharpeville

Euri was a student at the University of Cape Town in 2006 and is currently working on an article about the Cape Town water crisis: “The Cape Town Water Crisis, White Man-Made Climate Change, and the Road to Sharpeville”.

The article focuses on climate justice by arguing that white people in the Global North are primarily responsible for climate change and people of colour in the Global South will be the most affected. In this case, it is the poor South Africans of Cape Town, predominantly black people, who are currently suffering the consequences of the Cape Town water crisis more disproportionally.

The article examines the danger of ‘Day Zero’ happening in Cape Town when the city taps will be closed and all 4 million inhabitants will have to queue in one of 200 designated points to collect water. The article emphasises the potential of creating the conditions for an event similar to the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre of apartheid’s South Africa. Paradoxically, the article also speaks of Sharpeville where Nelson Mandela symbolically signed the South African Constitution in 1996 as a road toward transformation that went from tragedy to justice and uses this transformation as a metaphor to convey the phasing out the use of fossil fuels, which, of course, are central to increasing climate change impacts.

Download the full paper in progress here:   The Cape Town Water Crisis, White Man-made Climate Change, and the Road to Sharpeville   



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