An Education Research Collective

Acting on Climate is an ongoing research project and the collaborative efforts of University of Warwick academics, external artist practitioners, educators and young people from schools in Coventry.

Under the guidance of Dr. Rachel Turner-King and Dr. Bobby Smith, our team has received funding to explore how arts-led learning including the use of dance, drama and digital arts can support education in both formal and informal settings to address the global climate crisis. Together with young people, we’ve embarked on a journey of discovery, using playful games, group discussions, and embodied performances to deepen our understanding of climate change.

These performances, along with an array of teaching resources, are shared here to inspire teachers, youth practitioners, and educators who may wish to explore this topic in their own setting. We have developed a unique ‘site-responsive pedagogy,’ which prioritises flexible, responsive and non-linear learning, drawing inspiration from young people’s local contexts. Our findings also indicate that arts-based pedagogies offer a playful, hopeful antidote to eco-anxiety (Turner-King and Smith, forthcoming).

From collaborative projects to engaging communities, Acting on Climate remains committed to reimagining the place for arts-led education when teaching about the climate crisis in our current education landscape. We know that arts-led teaching can be a powerful tool for unpacking and better understanding societal problems and we hope that the work we have done will inform future research, pedagogical advancement, and support other educators when addressing the climate emergency in their practice.

Teacher Resource Pack

If you are a teacher or practitioner download our resource pack which shares some of our arts-led activities, which may inspire you when approaching this topiics in your own setting.

Our Documentary

Watch for further insights into the development of our co-creation and ‘site responsive pedagogy’ as we embarked on a research project with young people from a school in Coventry UK. 

Video Resources

We have divided our films into three themes:

LAND STORIES: Connecting with Land

LAST PARTY: Navigating Globalisation

THE GLOBE: Questioning Power and Agency

Immersive Experience

Designed by Ashley James Brown, this ‘3D Interactive Explorable World’ enables you to view the video content created, alongside some of the thoughts and reflections during the process in a new and exciting way.


“The work at our school has been innovative, powerful, and inspiring for both young people and staff. Students felt empowered, motivated, and heard. Since working with Rachel, we have had more engagement within our Arts enrichment programme, in particular the male members of the groups. The Performing Arts council are discussing possibilities of doing ‘Arts outdoors’ and discussing how we can link more with other departments for productions”. 

Teacher Participant

Head of Performing Arts, Participating Secondary School

“Acting on Climate has great potential to develop new ways of communicating the complexities of climate change in ways that are engaging and inspiring. We look forward to collaborating with the team to provide further opportunities to our students that are empowering and educational. 

Teacher Participant

Head of Geography, Participating Secondary School

“This particular interaction made significant strides in envisioning arts-informed and culturally relevant solutions to the global issue of the climate crisis premised upon the very real, lived experiences of young people in Coventry and their desires for the future. By positioning local young people as intellectual leaders and experts within the context of a scholarly conference, Dr. Turner-King made a crucial contribution in making academia more accountable to the communities it is purported to serve, particularly the young people who stand to be most affected by the climate emergency. Bringing in local artists, community leaders and teachers furthered the cross-disciplinary scope of this work, making evident the connections between ecological, social, and cultural wellbeing within the unique context of Coventry appreciable to a wide international audience… The resource will serve as a much-needed interdisciplinary resource for educators, artists and activities seeking out more holistic and evidence-informed approaches towards meaningful climate justice education”. 

Kathleen Gallagher PhD, FRSC

Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts & Science

“Dr Turner-King’s engagement practice is exemplary and internationally-recognised for her contributions to community praxis and arts education. She has a track-record of achievement in this area over many years of working with local and youth communities in CV4 and beyond. The Story Garden engages with local schools and communities in Canley, the Youth Climate Project is ESRC-funded and globally networked via IDIERI (a major arts education conference that she hosted in July 2022) and her Radical Hope project connects our local communities with Canada, Colombia, India, Greece, and Taiwan. She is making a huge difference to PaCE at every level” 

Professor Jonathan Heron,

Director of IATL, University of Warwick


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