ESEH: Exploring intergenerational peatlands and the loss of normal
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About the Event
The session will explore peatlands in an unconventional way. We will ask questions such as:
What is the role of youth in rupturing and repairing intergenerational issues - such as climate change and systemic racism?
How can peatland ecosystems be used as a lens to explore the special relationship that young people have with the past?
Peatlands - for those who don't already know - are a extremely unique ecosystem, composed of thick layers of semi-decomposed plant matter. They are the vaults of death in which nothing quite perishes. In every layer of peat there are memories of past climates, past civilisations and past disasters. They are a record of the irregularity of life on earth.
Want to know normal? Analyse a peat core, and you can find the past 10,000 years worth of normal.
But what does it mean to embody history? What does it mean to be history? And what happens when normal can no longer be found?