The DRY research team worked together with author, Patrice Lawrence, and animator, Chris Haughton, to create a story, video and animation. This activity was part of TransMISSION ll, an exciting new collaboration between NERC (Natural Resources Research Council) and the Hay on Wye Literary Festival. The aim is to make scientific research accessible to a wide audience by pairing a contemporary artist or story writer with researchers.
Patrice Lawrence is well known for her realistic and sympathetic approach to the issues that affect young people. She used the findings from the DRY and About Drought projects to think creatively about how the lives of young people in 2050 might be different from today. Her story ‘Day Zero and Chips’ explored how the serious issues associated with climate change impact an important but everyday event in the life of a teenager. The story accompanied by a video was launched at the 2020 Hay on Wye Literary Festival, and can be watched on YouTube.
Chris Haughton is an author and animator known for his bold, colourful and vibrant illustrations and lovable animal characters. Chris drew together the themes and common elements from DRY and two other projects (Peru’s ‘CASCADA’ tropical glaciers research project and Colombia’s ‘BioResilience’ which focuses on biodiversity and indigenous communities) to highlight how climate change is a global phenomenon with wide ranging effects.
You can watch Chris’s animation by following the link below.
We hope that these two very different approaches to sharing science and stories can be used to stimulate classroom discussions and provide an accessible introduction to the topic of climate change and water use.
Patrice has recently published a book for Young Adults called ‘Rose Interrupted’ that explores the coming of age. Watch her at the Hay Festival and download teaching materials for Key stage 3 and 4 to accompany the book.