In a nutshell
Explore the everyday realities of living with climate change through the eyes of Bangladeshi slum dwellers.
Dhaka, Bangladesh is on the front line of climate change, but what does that mean to the people living in its slums? Dr Joanne Jordan presents a short film (Director: Ehsan Kabir, Green Ink) exploring her findings on the everyday realities of climate change in Dhaka.
Joanne spent months in the slums of Dhaka talking to over 600 people in their homes, work places, local teashops and on street corners to understand how climate change is linked to or creating problems in their everyday lives and how they are trying to find solutions to those problems.
With the research completed, Joanne teamed up with the University of Dhaka to explore the findings through a ‘Pot Gan’; a traditional folk medium, featuring melody, drama, pictures and dancing. Performances were used to encourage slum dwellers, researchers, practitioners and policy makers to reflect on the day-to-day realities of living with climate change.
At this event, you will get the chance to see a screening of the documentary charting the Pot Gan project, grapple with some of the dilemmas facing slum dwellers in Dhaka and hear directly from Dr Joanne Jordan and a world-leading expert on climate change, Dr Saleemul Huq.
What to expect
Following a screening of ‘The Lived Experience of Climate Change: A Story of One Piece of Land in Dhaka’ documentary, the audience will be invited to actively engage with the dilemmas faced by slum dwellers affected by climate change. Suggestions of creative ways to engage and communicate climate issues will be encouraged!
You will have a chance to hear from Dr Joanne Jordan, the Project Coordinator and Dr Saleemul Huq, a world-leading expert on climate change. He was the lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 3rd and 4th Assessment Report, and coordinating lead author on the 5th.
Who is involved
Dr Joanne Jordan – The Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester has been at the forefront of Development Studies for over 60 years. The Global Development Institute plays a major role in addressing global poverty and inequality. It promotes social justice by conducting world-class, interdisciplinary research that advances development theory and practice.
Dr Saleemul Huq – International Institute for Environment and Development
IIED promotes sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. They specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges. IIED is based in London and works with some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Mr Nigel Townsend – Theatre of Debate
Theatre of Debate works with leading scientists, researchers and experts together with artistic teams, to produce creative work that engages audiences in informed debate around scientific research.
Mr Muhammad Ahmedullah – Brick Lane Circle
Brick Lane Circle work primarily on developing and facilitating better connections between people who are engaged in research involving Bangladesh or Bangladeshis abroad.
What are people saying
‘It was a very powerful experience. This made us care, that is something that neither science nor policy is successful at doing… We as an audience became aware that we can change something. That moment was very powerful.’
‘It humanises what otherwise would be a fairly complex and difficult to understand, and theoretical and technical issue.’
‘It challenges us to think differently about local traditions in academic outreach.’
Other housekeeping messages
- Open to the public
- This event is free, but we advise booking to secure a place.
- We advise arriving early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.
- Free Bengali street food will be served at the start of the event.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the bar.
- This event will be filmed and photographed.
- This event is suitable for ages 18+
- This event is wheelchair accessible
Why does Rich Mix matter?
Rich Mix provides a vital creative platform to build awareness and action on climate change. It is location in East London provides the perfect base to engage local communities of Bangladeshi heritage in the performance.