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Using Popular Education in Anti-Poverty and Environmental Justice Organizing: Bridging Constituencies, Building Movements, and Crossing Disciplines

The project aims to insights into communities' complex responses to the varying imperatives of poverty alleviation and environmental justice, within the context of their equally complex relationship with a "de-industrializing" yet carbon-based economy.

The project will use popular education techniques such as social theatre to generate a series of interactive dialogues on the connected themes of poverty, inequality, environmental pollution, and climate change. 

The participants will include:

  • advocates of anti-poverty and environmental organizations;
  • academics engaged in research on social, economic and environmental issues;
  • members of economically marginalised communities across Scotland that are experiencing the social and environmental impacts associated with polluting industries.

The project will:

  • generate synergies between anti-poverty and environmental movements' interests and concerns;
  • allow already active members in both the anti-poverty and environmental movements to engage in dialogue and co-learning with members of low income communities; 
  • bring together the knowledge and expertise of practising academics from various disciplines, to practice popular education facilitation, event strategising and execution, the preparation of post-event follow-up materials, and participation as co-learning peers alongside non-academic social movement and community organisation stakeholders and a broader public drawn from various communities across Scotland.