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MSU Science Gallery to Participate in a Global Event Empowering Young People to Tackle Climate Change

The MSU Science Gallery is among seven members of the international, university-linked Science Gallery Network collaborating to present the 2022 Youth Symposium, HOT AND BOTHERED, set for July 14 – 17, 2022. Celebrating the diversity of young people in their identities and their approaches to climate action, HOT AND BOTHERED will bring together young people from across the globe to connect, exchange ideas, and share knowledge to foster action for climate justice. Ultimately, the 2022 Youth Symposium aims to create an optimistic space where young people can become change agents to reduce climate doom and generate alternative narratives.

HOT AND BOTHERED “We are thrilled to be partnering with our colleagues from around the world to provide a platform for young adults to connect, engage, and organize on issues centered on climate change. This issue is paramount to our work at MSU Science Gallery and will manifest in through a series of exhibitions and public programs over the coming year,” stated Devon Akmon, director of the MSU Museum and MSU Science Gallery.

Programming for HOT AND BOTHERED was created for and by young people following an open call process that garnered submissions from around the world. Performances, workshops, and games will provide platforms to discuss topics like indigenous climate knowledge, the power of data visualizations, climate emotions, and more. The MSU Science Gallery, a division of experimentation and innovation at the MSU Museum, will led the session Interpreting Climate Emotions, which explores the mental health effects of the climate crisis on Gen Z. Participants will develop a sense of agency through facilitated discussions on the emotional impact of climate change at the intersection of climate psychology and activism.

Other highlighted programs include:

● Learning how to make climate data visualizations and using the power of visual storytelling
● A physical scavenger hunt of your local neighborhood and sharing your findings with an online global community
● Enter a giant bacterium in the digital space to discover the impact of climate change through the evolution of microorganisms
● Join a livestream and interact with the creators and players of a board game exploring young people’s current and near-future aspirations faced with multiple disadvantages in the current climate crisis
● Based on the prediction that Mumbai will be underwater by 2050, an interactive online performance invites you to co-create backup plans for survival.
● An interactive film screening combined with collective conversations about the climate emergency

HOT AND BOTHERED is free and open to all young people ages 15-25. Registration for the event, which will take place virtually, provides access to all the sessions and open discussions during this four-day global event. People around the world are invited to register, and registration is now open and will remain open throughout the event https://sciencegallery.org/youth-symposium.

HOT AND BOTHERED is Science Gallery’s annual Youth Symposium event for 2022. Past events have focused on boredom, trust, and co-creation — this year, join a global event with a passion for saving the environment!