A local response to Whole Earth?

Whole Earth? satellite exhibition

WHOLE EARTH? exhibition is based on the premise that the future belongs to today’s young people and that students and universities everywhere can play a major role in making society more sustainable.  The exhibition provides the kind of evidence students need to join the debate about their future. Read more about Whole Earth? on these pages in an article from Mark Edwards the exhibitions’ creator. But it’s not prescriptive – it’s an invitation to students and their tutors to articulate the kind of world they want to live in, and, through Students Organising for Sustainability bring them together to show political and business leaders support to take the difficult long-term decisions that underpin security for all.

Exhibited at The Hive in October and coming onto the University of Worcester St John’s campus in January 2016  it has already caught the imagination of Worcester residents, school children and university students.

A photographic response and local view of sustainability is showing at Worcester Arts Workshop in Samsome Walk, Worcester from Tuesday 3rd November to Monday 30th November. Local photographers along with young volunteers from Worcester Roots Foundation are showing pictures which explore sustainability initiatives implemented in the Midlands. Each collection of photographs captures the photographer’s personal interpretation of sustainability.

Kay Emblen-Perry presents “Traditional Toys”, a collection of pictures of antique toys and games that have been taken in National Trust properties within Worcestershire and Warwickshire. These photographs highlight the role that social history plays within sustainability.
Chris Bullock presents “Duck Brook Community Orchard”, a collection of pictures showing the use of natural materials on a community allotment in Worcester. These photographs highlight the role natural resources play within sustainability.
David Emsley presents “Regeneration of Urban Waterways”, a collection of pictures taken along canals in Birmingham and Coventry. These photographs highlight the role social and environmental improvements play within sustainability.
Colin Prior presents “Sustainability on the Allotment”, a collection of photographs taken on his allotment in Halesowen. These photographs highlight the role local food plays within sustainability.
Young volunteers from the Worcester Roots Foundation present a collection of pictures showing the number and variety of projects undertaken throughout Worcestershire. These photographs highlight the role environmental improvement plays within sustainability.

Free to enter and open during cafe opening hours do come and view the local response.  You are warmly invited to attend an open view Saturday 28th November at 6.30pm at Worcester Arts Workshop, to book to come along please use the form below.

For further information please contact the photographers via: tash@worcesterrootsfoundation.org.uk

  9 comments for “A local response to Whole Earth?

  1. Mark Edwards
    November 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I would have loved to come along today and looked through the photographs you have taken but it just wasn’t possible. What I can see from the website is a very imaginative way of showing sustainable development. Congratulations – photography has a key role in bringing these issues alive to a wide public and you have really done a brilliant job meeting this challenge. Sustainable development is the most boring term in the world but it’s a truly elegant concept; at its most basic it means taking care of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. Academics have added layers of detail to this but our job as image makers is to show the kind of world we can have if governments would pass the kind of laws that would underpin security for the generation now at college, if businesses would act responsibly and if all of us would do our bit to fit in to natures circular pattern.
    Do keep in touch and hopefully we can meet up in the future. A big thanks to Katy for all your work around the exhibition.
    All best wishes
    Mark Edwards

  2. Tash giaquinto
    November 28, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you for brining the global community together and for inspiring us into putting on our own exhibition

  3. David Emsley
    November 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    It is encouraging to see the real potential for sustainability is reflected in the images that have been hung. With the potential audience, hopefully young, this exhibition demonstrates that with a minimum of effort, depending on the scale of the project, just what can be achieved. it is so important for every bodies future that we learn to treat out environment with respect…..sustainability……and remember that once we have finished our ‘stint’ there will be a following generation who, we hope, will thank us for our care.

  4. Valerie
    November 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Great to see the exhibition. A creative look at the wonderful environment of Worcester. Thanks to the artists and organisers

  5. Daisy
    November 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Amazing pieces here! It inspired me to do some more photography myself. Well done!

  6. Ryan Robinson
    November 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I think it’s great to see all these different sustainable ideas and organsition s come together and hopefully there will be more like this in the future.

  7. Chris Bullock
    November 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    It is very gratifying to be a part of this local project about sustainability in a world which is increasingly concerned with destroying the planet for personal gain. I hope my contribution is an inspiration to young people to at least think about what impact they have on their community and the world at large.

  8. Mary Nettle
    November 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I am a member of IMPACT the service user voice in the University of Worcester. Delighted to see this work on display in Cafe Bliss wish it was better labeled as to where each picture was taken why it was chosen to be exhibited. What aspects of sustainability it represents or not.

  9. Carol Hebden
    November 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Great event, thank you. It was good to share in how sustainability can build relationships with our world, our community and ourselves to play active role in our future today.

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