With a group of 18 creative innovators, called the Creative Climate Collective (CCC), from the Netherlands, Egypt, Mali, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, and Ghana, WaterSchool joined COP27 in Egypt, supported by What Design Can Do and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.
The CCC believes we have a design problem when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. We have good ideas, but we fail quite miserably when it comes to actually implementing them. Or lack the urgency. Or as Greta Thunberg pointed out in one of her speeches: “I don’t think we have a problem on the ideas level, the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. You are failing to act.” With the CCC we believe creative innovators are fundamental in rethinking and showing how to change the system. Now it’s time to collaboratively bring that into action and start rebuilding our future by design. In that spirit, we join those around the world who have already declared a climate emergency, and we invite everyone to join us.
Through workshops, talks, speeddates and pitches, the collective shared their unique perspectives on designing for climate action. On 11 November, each participant presented their work to the public through a special exhibition located in the Green Zone. Rianne Makkink and 5 members took the stage in a panel discussion during our ‘Design as a key for Change’.