Feel the Change! Introduction by Oisin McGann
Students are encouraged to engage imaginatively with climate change and build stories around the various facets while working creatively through a range of genres. By using art to encourage empathy, participants will benefit from a more developed knowledge and understanding of global justice issues, and thereby becoming more engaged and active global citizens. This new resource is intended to provoke thought and conversation, and to prompt an emotional response and as a starting point for many interesting and imaginative discussions. It is our hope that this resource further improves climate literacy in Ireland.
For the launch of Ireland’s seventh Climate Action Week in October 2023, the Climate Action Team hosted an online event – Feel the Change – exploring climate change through storytelling with author Oisín McGann. Watch the recording below.
Feel the Change Event Recording
Oisín McGann is a best-selling and award-winning writer and illustrator. He has produced dozens of books and short stories for all ages of reader, including twelve novels. In 2014 and 2015, he was the Irish writer-in-residence for Weather Stations, an EU-funded project where writers from five different countries were tasked with finding ways to use storytelling to raise awareness of climate change. He has carried on this work through school residencies in primary and secondary schools, funded by Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools and Irish Aid’s WorldWise Global Schools.