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The Year is 2050: Environmental Flash Fictions of Future Cities

Venue: Online

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Find out more about postgraduate study at Birkbeck by taking part in a creative online workshop designed especially for international students and applicants interested in issues of environmental communication, urban sustainability and climate action. Home students are also welcome to attend.  
Starting with London, we will explore what the climate crisis means in the lived context of a complex, diverse and highly unequal city that aims to be ‘zero carbon’ by 2050.  
After an introduction to some of the key climate impacts that climate models and data suggest the city will confront, as well as the environmental challenges its citizens already contend with, we will move to consider the genre of environmental flash fiction in a global context as an alternative method for imagining and advocating for a more sustainable future for our cities. A flash fiction story can be as short as two lines or up to 1000 words, and no prior experience of creative writing is needed to participate. 
By the end of the workshop, you will know more about environmental risks; have explored the relationship between urbanization and the current ecological crisis; and together will have stretched your creative selves to imagine future cities of your own.  
This workshop is hosted by the Birkbeck Environmental Education Team and the MSc Sustainable Cities, MSc Climate Change and MSc Environment and Sustainability programmes

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