CLIMATE JUSTICE

Addressing climate justice in the Middle East and North Africa, 

from the perspective of some of the most important and exciting artists.

The triple threat of climate, colonialism and conflict means that water shortages, inhospitable land, reducing access to food can exacerbate existing crises and lead to further instability. Artists are exploring these ideas, working on projects to heighten awareness and demystify the ideas and challenges surrounding the crisis.

As part of Artists / Ideas / Now

in collaboration with Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Howlround

IMAGINE DEMOCRACY

How is the climate crisis impacting models of government? How have people stood up or disrupted in order to achieve large scale systematic change? What about the role of citizenship during a global crisis – do we need to change how we empower ourselves, our communities, communicate information and become more active citizens against the politics that are driving us into chaos.

From citizen assemblies to challenging those in power, does democracy have what it takes to survive the climate crisis?

Dr Nesreen Hussein is an artist, researcher and Senior Lecturer
Magid Magid is a climate justice activist/organiser and author
Sama Alshaibi is a visual artist
Akram Salhab is a writer and documentary maker

OUR CAMP ON FIRE

Our Camp on Fire looks at the perspective of the climate crisis through the eyes of refugees and people under threat of displacement. The triple threat of climate, colonialism and conflict means that water shortages, inhospitable land and reduced access to food can exacerbate existing crises and lead to further instability. This talk will platform artists exploring these ideas, working on projects to heighten awareness and demystify the ideas and challenges surrounding the crisis.

Ahmed Masoud is a writer and director
Zena Aghai is a poet and writer
Hamza Hamouchene is a researcher and activist
Mohamed Sleiman Labat is an artist and gardener

CONFLICT, & COLONIALISM 

How is the climate crisis affecting communities already experiencing the destruction of their environments and land due to conflict and colonialism?
How are artists in the MENA region approaching these multiple

narratives around crisis whilst creating space to imagine a better future?

Faisal Abu Alhayjaa is an actor and comedian
Samah Hijawi is an artist and researcher
Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer
Doreen Toutikian is a cultural producer and entrepreneur

PATRIARCHY, WOMEN & NATURE

This conversation looks at the connection between patriarchy and the climate crisis. How is the climate crisis impacting women and people of marginalised genders? Are there feminist solutions to the crisis – perhaps rooted in cultural traditions and practices which have been upended by consumerist habits? How can artists help illuminate the parallels between society’s  treatment of women and nature?

Penny Babakhani is a creative producer

Ala Buisir is a documentary photographer
Juliana Yazbeck is an actor, writer & musical artist
Maha Alasaker is a visual artist