What happened during the November edition of Imagination TV?

On Thursday 27 November, live on IMAGI-NATION {TV}, AIME and #LearningPlanet hosted a 90-minute round-the-world special following the close of COP 27. 

In this time of climate crisis, space needs to be carved for imagination. This Imagination TV session will bring together leaders tackling the climate crisis with imagination. Whether leading new campaigns for climate action, flipping classroom curriculum, or building funds for nature. You will be discovering new ideas for imagination to tackle this climate crisis. We would love you to join us there!

You can see an example of a previous Imagination TV session here

The show will be hosted by Jack Manning Bancroft (founder, AIME) and Olivier Brechard (COO, #LearningPlanet). They’ll bring together the imagination, knowledge and energy of people of all ages and backgrounds—students, educators, climate activists, researchers, designers, thinkers and more–who will dive into what imagination means and how it need to be used to tackle the climate crisis.

Key takeaways:

“Imagination is one of the core values of activism, because why do we do activism? We identify a problem in our reality or something we want to change that requires us to imagine a different reality. We are able to have a vision of wanting something different. We claim a different reality and imagination is the most important part of it because it comes in every single step.” Eva Papanikolaki is an activist, the co-coordinator of Fridays for Future Greece, and an advocate for Climate Education.

“Activism is identifying a need within our community and choosing to work on it with different stakeholders so we can collectively find a solution for that problem. I think imagination plays a big role in all of that since it is the first step of activism, especially when talking about the climate issue.

Also, imagination allows you to set your aim as an activist, answering questions like “where do I want to go?” or “what’s the finality I want to achieve?” That’s how it helps. Imagination sculptures things and gives you the outline of what to do as an activist. ”Salim Hamouda is a Tunisian Youth Advocate for Education and a Peer-Trainer with the YOUTH CLUBs Association, a Human Rights and Dignity with the World Youth Alliance and he is an environmental activist with Youth for Climate – Greenpeace Tunisia. 

“I think something frustrating, in general, is that we have lots of narratives and movies and books about our journey of humanity into disasters and apocalyptic situations. But we don’t have the narrative that we’re actually making it up just fine at the other end of the tunnel. That’s immensely frustrating.

We don’t have this in public discourse, but discussions like this remind you that these visions for the future do exist and you have to go grassroots to find them but they are here and we need to find solutions to bring them up and to make them part of the public discourse so that they can trigger this collective action that everyone’s been talking about.” Lena works at Earth4All, an international initiative to accelerate the systems-change we need for an equitable future on a finite planet.

‘’Because what is lacking in the world order of today is the practical part or the practical ability of these theoretical aspects we teach these kids every day.’’

‘’I believe this climate crisis must be centred around the kids, because we are saying they are representing the future.’’ Edson has piloted and expanded an approach to blending climate education into all curriculum subjects and extra-curricular activities at his school, including supporting teachers of various subjects to integrate climate in their teaching practice. He is a member of the TeachersCOP.