What We Do
Research consistently shows that people from lower income communities in the UK are disproportionately impacted by unequal resource allocation and climate change. Child poverty, food insecurity, poor air quality and lack of access to green spaces have a significant impact on health and life expectancy. Human activity is having a profound effect on our natural environment, for example through plastic pollution, food buying decisions and the impact of ‘fast fashion’.
The clock is ticking, but while many organisations are now taking action against these issues, plenty of people – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – feel disengaged and unable to play a role in creating a fairer and more sustainable world. There is a well-documented increase in ‘climate anxiety’ and a growing sense of frustration and anger, particularly among younger people.
The Global Goals Centre will tackle these issues by taking visitors on an engaging and inspirational journey to in our centre and through our online portal.
As well as a front-facing creative and playful space where people can explore the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be part of them, schools and visitors can book onto a tour and journey through a series of scenarios. These interactive and immersive experiences will challenge our understanding of poverty, inequality and climate issues, encouraging creativity, collaboration and problem solving, and inspiring action.
These could include:
an underwater dome to see the wonder of the sea and the impacts of plastic pollution;
a fashion scenario where visitors are challenged to create a garment that protects people and planet;
a Refugee camp, where visitors hear stories from refugees who have settled in Bristol, what they have experienced and what they bring to the city;
a sustainable city scape where different challenges need to be solved as time passes to 2030.
"I think this is an incredible idea to get people involved in trying to help our planet and achieve these seventeen goals" (Ruby aged 12, Bristol Free School)
The Centre will also showcase innovations and actions taken locally and globally, from mass tree planting in Ethiopia to a local girl who started a campaign to stop FGM. These good news stories are rarely covered in the mainstream media but are an important part of motivating people to be part of a movement for change, bringing hope and inspiration and challenging stereotypes about the Global South.
This Centre is the first of its kind in the world. Bristol is well placed to set up this model, as it is leading the way in working on the SDGs and the only city in the UK to be a European Green Capital. We are working with partners across the city region to include a wide range of local diverse voices in the creation of the Centre and amplifying the wonderful work taking place in local communities.