Breath & Speak is a workshop where elders and community members can come together and learn about carbon emissions and carbon footprints. This workshop will take place in Baoding, China before moving on to other cities. The workshop incorporates a video, discussion, and lessons. During the discussion, we hope that elders would share experiences with their community members or family members. At the end of the workshop, participants can take home an informational pamphlet about the workshop’s lessons. These elders would then leave the workshop with carbon footprint lessons in mind to teach their community about individual impacts on climate change.
CoolEffect will host the workshop. This organization's goal is to lower carbon emission rates through community efforts. There are a quarter billion citizens in China above the age of 60. These elderly citizens tend to live with each other or alone, with family members, in nursing homes, and in temple sanctuaries. We are choosing to target groups in large cities for the scope of our project. We chose to utilize storytelling, as it is an important aspect of Chinese culture. Storytelling allows cultural lessons to be passed down through generations. During our project, we also took into consideration China's censorship laws and our goal is to encourage citizens to take individual actions towards climate change.
Our project aims to: motivate the elderly to fight climate change, increase public awareness of how to reduce emission rates, and extend climate change lessons to family and community members.