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“The great project for design is to help people decarbonise their lives”

Justin McGuirk, Director Future Observatory and Chief Curator, Design Museum

Date Published: 24 May 2023

Adapting Together Symposium Film

Adapting Together: How can we all play a part in climate action?’ was a symposium for equitable climate action at Lancaster University in a collaboration between ImaginationLancaster – Lancaster University’s design-led research lab – and Future Observatory – a national programme for design research supporting the UK’s response to the climate crisis at the Design Museum.

With case studies from Lancashire, London, Birmingham and Bristol – spanning e-waste and repair, community housing, civic placemaking and grass-roots, collective action – and inviting expert, local responses to those case studies, we asked how we might respond equitably to the climate crisis. The symposium film asks the speakers to ask why equity matters when it comes to climate action and presents examples of design research, environmental and community led, collective action across the UK.

Speaker details are listed below the film. Read more about the symposium by reading Read Future Observatory’s report on the symposium here:


This symposium is funded by Research England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which are both part of UK Research and Innovation.

Film by Wash Studio https://www.washstudio.co.uk/