23 November 2020
WINNERS OF FAST FASHION YOUTH DESIGN CHALLENGES
The winners of the Global Goals Centre Youth Design Challenges were unveiled at an Awards ceremony on 23rd November hosted by Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees. Mya-Rose Craig, otherwise known as Birdgirl, who is Patron of the Global Goals Centre, gave the keynote speech, and the Lord mayor, Cllr Jos Clark concluded the ceremony. Peaches Golding OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, was also in attendance.
Young people across the city region submitted designs for an exciting immersive visitor experience exploring the Global Goals planned for Bristol. The 3 winners, who will receive sustainable backpacks from Finisterre and be guests on Ujima Radio, were announced at an Awards ceremony
The challenge was to design an interactive space for people to learn about the impacts of the fashion industry on people and planet, and find positive ways to respond. The winners, Esme Green, Zach Platt and Martha Pykett came up with some fabulous ideas - including a climbing wall where you find a new fact as you climb; a giant hamster wheel that shows how much water is being used to produce a pair of jeans; a glass floor that lights up with inspiring messages; and a design-a-patch 3D printer to mend clothing to reduce waste. 5 young people also received Highly Commended for their designs, including this interactive wheel by Olivia Ellis.
Elements of the winning designs will be included in the actual Global Goals Centre.
The Youth Design Challenges, sponsored by the Steve Sinnott Foundation, were run across the city region with 44 young people aged 8-19 by the Global Goals Centre Education Lead, a researcher from UWE Education Dept and a creative designer, with the aim of reducing eco-anxiety in young people and inspiring them towards a greener, fairer future.
The young people expressed anger and anxiety at the current climate crisis but, whilst they knew a lot about plastics and air quality, they were genuinely surprised by the impact the fashion industry has – producing 10% of global carbon emissions, using 1.5 trillion gallons of water and releasing toxic waste into waterways, as well as poor working conditions in many factories.
The Fashion immersive experience is being created as part of the Global Goals Centre, with partners from Fashion Revolution, Labour Behind the Label, UWE and Race Equality in Education group. Through a fun and creative space, school children and the public can discover the social and environmental impacts of fast fashion and be inspired to help bring positive change to the industry and get more from our clothes. Creative agencies will be invited to design the space, using some of the ideas from the Youth Challenges, in a mix of physical and virtual content.
Mya-Rose Craig in her speech celebrated the contributions of young people
'We need to hear the voices of young people because I think when you’re young it’s very easy to feel like people aren’t really listening or they don’t really care about what you have to say...a lot of the time they have the best ideas, they are the most innovative, the most clever, the most outside the box. I’m very excited for the future of the Global Goals Centre, I’m very excited for all of the young people that it’s going to educate and I’m very excited for the future of the planet too'.
05 August 2020
Fast Fashion immersive experience pilot with UWE
We are working with the University of the West of England, Fashion Revolution, Labour Behind the Label, The Good Wardrobe, Babbasa and local education partners to create an unforgettable and unique pilot project, with buy-in from local schools.
We aim to create the first of our immersive educational experiences to enable school children and the public to understand the social and environmental impacts of fast fashion and be inspired to help bring positive change to the industry. UWE research will measure the impacts of immersive learning on eco-anxiety and behaviour. In early workshops, 97% of children aged 9-13 are scared and angry about the climate emergency (Verity Jones, 2020)..
The fashion industry produces 10% of manmade CO2 emissions – more than aviation and shipping combined. The garment industry also uses huge and damaging amounts of water and toxic chemicals
Reaching zero net greenhouse gas emissions will require far-reaching changes in human activity, which in fashion terms includes changing both the way we produce clothes and how we consume them.
The injustice and conditions in garment factories must also be addressed, to ensure safe working conditions and fair wages, as highlighted recently in reports into conditions in the Leicester factories.
After a brief intro session, participants will pass through a giant wardrobe to enter the scenario which will be a mix of physical build and cutting edge display technology such as surround sound, holographic projection and motion capture, to create a truly memorable and highly impactful immersive experience.
A debrief session will be practical and capture participants thoughts and ideas on how to respond.
Reducing textile waste and CO2 emissions - buying less and using for longer
Hearing garment workers voices, leading to campaigning for change for fair wages and working conditions
Understanding more about SDGs 8 (decent work), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 5 (gender equality)
Learning about innovations and actions that are making a difference such as garment workers unions, Bristol Textile recycling
Sharing thoughts and reactions to the issues on film, in images and writing which can be shared more widely.
This experience will be open for a month in Bristol in spring 2021, and then for a month in Birmingham. It will then transfer into the main Centre once this is open.
We are undertaking a curriculum matching exercise to demonstrate how this scenario helps deliver aspects of key stage 2 and 3 curriculum, to boost the educational value and root it in what teachers want.
We have funding for the research and the hosting of the pilot project through UWE. We are seeking partners to invest in the creative design aspect of this project and put their name to this cutting-edge immersive education and awareness tool.
If you'd like to help make sure we can bring this experience to life, you can donate using the button at the top of the page. To become one of our Founding supporters, click here
3 July 2020
A reflection on the Black Lives Matter movement
The Global Goals Centre team will always promote racial and social justice issues as being of equal importance to environmental justice, as embodied in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are appalled at the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of police. We are cautiously optimistic that issues that have too often been ignored are now being brought into the foreground. These issues include unequal access to employment and education, one-sided versions of history, institutional discrimination and other forms of systemic racism which negatively affect millions of people and reduce their opportunities.
We recognise that it is not enough to be quietly non-racist, and that we have a responsibility to become vocal, visible anti-racist leaders.
We recognise that we need to constantly listen, learn and be open to change. But we also want to take positive action to enable us to challenge racial inequality more effectively.
Our positive actions include:
Supporting Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s Black and Green Ambassador Programme
Committing to offer internships through this programme and/or Babbasa
Actively working towards a greater ethnic diversity in our Trustee and leadership teams
Supporting One Bristol Curriculum
Only partnering with businesses and organisations that share our commitment to race equality
Actively seeking to ensure diversity amongst those we buy services from.
Ensuring a voice for local BAME-led organisations within our planning and co-design processes.
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These are just the first steps and we are open to any suggestions from partners and the wider public as to how we can continue on this journey of openness and equality.
Jenny Foster, Project Lead
23 May 2020
Imagine a brighter future beyond Covid-19 - Young people are invited to take part in a visionary new Bristol project
We are looking for budding young designers and reporters to help us develop a unique new venue planned for the centre of Bristol, the Global Goals Centre. With the help of young people and partner organisations from across the city region we aim to create the world’s first visitor experience offering interactive challenges, games and innovative ideas inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Children and young people are invited to harness their creative energy during lockdown to write, film or draw their ideas for how to engage people with the issues that matter to them – from climate change to inequalities - just the start of many opportunities to co-design with the Centre creative team.
During these challenging times, many people are looking to how we can Build Back Better, and Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, has already committed to using the SDGs as a framework for the city’s recovery.
Jenny Foster, Project Lead at Global Goals Centre says “Now’s an ideal time for children and young people to think beyond the current crisis to imagine a better way of living; some of this has come to the fore during the pandemic, such as local community action and protecting the most vulnerable. We know young people care passionately about the planet, as the local Youth Marches for the Climate and the Greta Thunberg rally demonstrated. We want to capture these positive stories and use that enthusiasm, vision and passion to help us design this incredible resource for Bristol.”
The best ideas will receive an Award from Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees. He says “I'm excited to see the entries for the Global Goals Centre Design Challenge, to hear ideas from our young people that can be used in this unique project. Bristol is leading the way in working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and we need as many local people as possible to be involved, to help make Bristol an inclusive, sustainable and healthy city - a city of Hope. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the challenge.’’
The Challenges are introduced by Mya-Rose Craig, local youth conservation hero ‘Birdgirl’ and a patron of the Global Goals Centre who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Bristol.
02 April 2020
How are we responding to the Covid-19 crisis?
We recognise that we are living in unprecedented times, and that many people will be urgently focusing on meeting immediate needs arising from the impact of COVID-19. However, we also believe that a project such as Global Goals Centre will be more important than ever when we emerge from this crisis.
The values that we stand for – grassroots community action, providing support and a voice to those who are most vulnerable, protecting the environment through behavioural change, and global collaboration on key issues like science and health – are exactly the bright spots that so many people have referenced as helping them to stay positive in these difficult times. These values are critical for overcoming the current pandemic and protecting people against future ones.
The Global Goals Centre will bring a hopeful and inspirational heart to our city just when it is needed most, and the current wave of positive energy and collaboration that we are witnessing will become part of the story that the Centre will tell. We are in a fortunate position in that we can currently adapt or continue most of our planned activities: our consultation and co-design work with teachers, children and young people can continue online rather than face-to-face. Children and young people are typically very comfortable communicating and collaborating digitally, and many will actually have more spare time and creative energy to contribute than in normal circumstances.
We plan to reach out to many more people in the Bristol community to hear a range of voices and how we can make this project relevant. Do get in touch with us if you’d like to join in our co-creation online – although these are complex issues, we plan to have fun exploring them!
03 February 2020
Creative Workshop brings the project to life!
Wow what a day! Nearly 50 creatives, educators and experts gathered together on Mon 3rd February, to help us develop the concept for the Global Goals Centre. Our heads are reeling with ideas! Leading creative agencies such as Hubbub, Rising Arts, Pervasive Media Studio and Coney discussed with educators from Bristol University, UWE and Bath Spa University, as well as experts from World Wildlife Fund, We the Curious, Fairtrade Foundation, Labour Behind the Label and many more considered ‘How to take people on a journey of challenge and fun, to discover how they can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and find creative ways to speed our path to sustainable and more equitable future.’
The day (hosted by Burges Salmon) was full of great ideas and challenges, looking in detail at the Centre model and the plans for the content and key themes, as well as how best to engage hearts and minds to prompt behaviour change.
We also had some great ‘Moments of play’ led by Manu Maunganidze to keep the elements of fun and challenge our preconceptions. Most exciting was the commitment from all involved to collaborate with us as we deliver the project to ensure we are as creative, exciting and innovative as possible.
09 December 2020
TECH TEAM BOOST
We’re delighted to share the good news that we have been allocated a team of UWE Computer Science and Creative Tech students as part of their Community-Student-University partnership in action. Student consultancy projects offer local organisations free consultancy in exchange for hosting a final year undergraduate student project team.
We will be working with a global team of students until April 2021 to research the best tools and help develop our virtual offer to engage a broader audience with the Global Goals.