In a world grappling with the daunting challenges of climate change, it’s become clear that this crisis affects us all. Yet, within this urgent dialogue, there’s a crucial perspective that often goes unheard and unconsidered – the voices of people with learning disabilities and autism. This exclusion from current conversations is not only unjust but also perpetuates a cycle where solutions fail to be practical or inclusive for this community.
We understand that addressing climate change isn’t just about reducing carbon emissions; it’s about fostering a society that truly leaves no one behind. Our mission is to break this vicious cycle by championing the inclusion of learning disabled and autistic voices in the discourse around climate change.
Our work revolves around making these conversations accessible and ensuring that proposed solutions are not only environmentally sound but also feasible and equitable for all, including those with diverse needs. We firmly believe that true progress can only be achieved when everyone is a part of the solution.
Since 2021, Mind the Gap has been tackling the pressing issue of climate change with a special focus on inclusivity. Our commitment to this cause has extended to actively engaging and advocating for the participation of people with learning disabilities and autism in climate-related discussions, solutions and artstic projects.
Coral’s Island and Planet Inspectors
Playful and largely non-verbal, these performances aim to bring climate themes into focus. Coral’s Island features the reinvented fun fair classic, Unhook a Duck hosted by faded beauty Coral and her sidekick Duck. Planet Inspectors introduces five characters who take their job very seriously. Equipped with clipboards and tape measures, they keep an eye on human behaviour and the planet.
Leave the Light on for Me
When the Planet Inspectors arrive to see how they’re getting on, everything is going well until one mistake means they could be evicted…
The sisters now have two options: pay up to offset their carbon footprint or successfully complete a series of eco challenges.
Will the sisters get to stay or will they face eviction?Read More
Blog by Nifty Sustainability
What challenges and opportunities exist when it comes to discussing and taking action on climate change?
Can Leave the Light on for Me contribute to amplifying the voices of the learning disabled and autistic community in discussions about climate change?Read More
International Touring and Environmental Sustainability with Julie’s Bicycle
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Wild Fast Minds
This report offers valuable insights into how international collaborations can reshape the way artists work, engage with audiences, and address environmental concerns. The lessons learned in this project have far-reaching implications for the future of the performing arts in the UK and beyond.Read More
International Society for the Performing Arts Conference
MTG stands out with a unique approach, prioritising relationship building and knowledge exchange. This involves focusing on fewer locations, fostering deeper connections with venues and organizations. While a complete departure from air travel and cars is often impractical due to accessibility and safety concerns, we maintain our unwavering commitment to minimising our carbon footprint.
Furthermore, we are dedicated to amplifying a diverse range of voices and perspectives, particularly from Learning Disabled and Autistic people. Our accessible information has ignited interest and active participation within this community.
Sustainability lies at the heart of our mission, driving us to do whatever is within our means to contribute to positive change. Our audiences are instrumental in effecting change, and we are determined to make the topic accessible, enabling all, including marginalised communities, to join us on the path toward a more sustainable future.
Homie, the main character, travels in an incredible self-contained mobile home. They are determined to make a difference in the face of the daunting climate crisis.
Homie meets Birdie, a new friend struggling to navigate a world filled with plastics and pollution. With Homie’s help they embark on a journey towards freedom and hope, inspiring positive action and encouraging people to stand up for what’s right.Read More