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Students’ Imaginations of Their Climate Future in a Climate Distress Storytelling Workshop

Dauer, Lauritz (2023) Students’ Imaginations of Their Climate Future in a Climate Distress Storytelling Workshop.

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Abstract:Within this bachelor thesis, I explored the imaginaries of students concerning their climate future. In a climate emotions storytelling workshop that I developed together with my supervisor and another bachelor student, participants engaged in collective discussions and a written Letter to the Future task. In advance of and during the workshop the participants were exposed to materials which stimulated them to think about their climate future. Using thematic analysis, I developed meaningful patterns of the imagined climate future while integrating a phenomenological perspective. The results consist of seven themes of climate future imaginaries. In line with previous research, the results highlight a perceived uncertainty of the future of climate change. Furthermore, students experience negative emotions due to scary climate future imaginaries, but they also see themselves as capable to adapt to disrupted environments. Different from previous literature, participants’ desired imaginaries conveyed climate futures in which they individually escaped from detrimental climate outcomes, though climate change was not prevented globally. For future practice, I recommend the implementation of discussion groups for individuals experiencing climate distress. Through regular meetings researcher can track and gain insights into how climate future imaginaries evolve within these groups over time. This longitudinal approach can provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics and changes in participants' climate imaginaries as they engage in ongoing discussions and reflect on their experiences. Additionally, incorporating non-verbal forms of analysis can offer valuable insights into the role of group dynamics in the evolvement of climate future imaginaries.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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