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VOICES – using your creative voice for science

Using the arts to explore the effect climate change is having on Norfolk’s endangered insects. An innovative project co-created by UEA SCI Employability staff and SCI / LDC students

A new student-run club at UEA aims to empower people, particularly young people, to use creative outlets to inspire discussions on important scientific topics such as climate change.

UEA students, in collaboration with UEA SCI employability staff, SCI Outreach, EDU, LDC and SCI academics, alumni and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust have designed three templates for young people to participate in, raising their aspirations as citizen scientists and confidence in their voice to make a difference with climate change awareness.

Students hope this project will raise awareness of how insects are in danger of becoming extinct due to habitat loss caused by climate change and other environmental factors, as well as celebrate the importance of insects for a healthy planet.

All work produced will be included in an exhibition at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Visitor centre in October with the opportunity for UEA students to help design and curate the exhibition and run a workshop for children.

All insect artwork will be entered into a competition, with the winning designs being made into an insect sock by UEA Biological Sciences Aluma Lucy Jeffrey, who has a mission to help save endangered species with her ethical company www.barekind.co.uk. 10% of proceeds will go towards funding work by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

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