CARE stands for Creation, Awareness, Recycling and Educating. It’s our creative project addressing the anxiety and passion that young people have about climate change and the environment, and putting them to good use.
What is CARE?
CARE is a space for young people to share what they already know about environmental issues, explore how they feel about these issues and consider what positive steps they can take to make a difference. It’s also a creative project, where they can use art to express their worries and passions and to make a difference by educating the people around them.
How does CARE work?
A local professional artist is helping Soulscape to deliver the CARE project. The students create individual pieces of art, enabling them to visually express the aspects of the climate crisis that affect them most. Their artwork is created from recycled or sustainable materials. We exhibit their completed work at an installation, so that it can play a role in educating others about the climate issues that the young people are passionate about.
Summer term 2020: CARE is online
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Government and students home-schooling for the time being, we are delivering the first CARE project through weekly video links with a small group of students at home, in partnership with their school. Each week, they have a live discussion and watch the artist demonstate some creative ideas, then have space to work on their own pieces during the week. The art exhibition at the end of term is likely to be done on film so it can be shared with people at home.
Why is CARE important?
A survey for World Environmental Day 2019 showed that 80% of teenagers feel under pressure to solve the environmental issues of climate change and plastic pollution – to save the planet. However, the same study revealed that those teens don’t think they are well-enough equipped to make a difference, and while 39% said they “deeply care” about the impact of humans on the planet, 44% indicated they never or rarely hear about sustainability in the classroom.
The climate crisis is a serious issue for young people, and these feelings of responsibility and helplessness are another source of pressure affecting their mental and physical wellbeing.
Through CARE, Soulscape aims to give young people a space to explore some environmental issues, and empower and equip them to make a positive difference. This will both help the environment and reduce the pressure that the young people feel, improving their wellbeing.