We want to discuss with the young people its potential and complex issues it is bringing the future, as well as provide them with tools that will allow to shape it. A lot of research suggests that many young people from rural areas “appear to be passive towards politics or social issues,” and consider talking about the “climate catastrophe” to be an exaggeration.
Our project approaches the young people who are living with the migrants, or experiencing the consequences of climate change in small towns of Wielkopolska Voivodeship as experts in their everyday reality. According to the scientific prognosis, living in close proximity of representatives of other nations and cultures, as well as experiencing the changing nature might soon become a new reality for many of us. Along with four groups from local municipalities we will work on mini projects that address local ecological and migration problems. Each group will participate in a series of workshops and design appropriate actions for their municipality and help implement them. The entire process will be guided by animators and in close collaboration with experienced educators and trainers, with particular focus on independence and young people’s creativity. The groups will take part in an integration retreat, and later develop tools for conducting a debate with their peers from larger cities in their Voivodesip. Based on the observations of the designing process and interviews with the participants we will create a research report on how young people think about the future and how participation changes their perception of having agency.