Climate crisis has seen rise in community-driven responses that have been key in highlighting the scale at which the impacts of climate change are felt and promoting local knowledge for innovation and action (McNamara and Buggy, 2016). Young people are integral members of their communities and should be represented and visible in the community responses to climate change. In addition to opportunities for voicing their opinions on climate issues, conditions under which young people can lead on climate agendas that are meaningful to them in their local communities, continue to be limited.

Climate Heroes Programme
Climate Heroes is a collaboration between Loughborough University London, Citizens UK, East London Mosque, and young people. It is a programme that adapts creative methodologies alongside community organising practices to enhance conditions for youth-led climate leadership. To date, the programme was piloted with five young people who applied digital storytelling and co-design methodologies to listen, interpret, and create a series of stories that reflect on individual interpretation of climate crisis, everyday culture of their community, and faith. These stories brought together insights from young people’s self-reflection, research with their community, and futures thinking and are both a personal narrative and a community call to action.

Dr. Ksenija Kuzmina, Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London
Dr. Antonia Liguori, School of Design and Creative Arts, Loughborough University
Afsana Salik, Tower Hamlets Citizens
Dr. Mahera Ruby, East London Mosque
Young people: Arisha, Zunairah, Ameerah, Haleemah, Hamza and Shuaib.

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Ameerah’s story
Shuaib’s story
Zunairah’s story
Haleemah’s and Hamza’s story
Arisha’s story