Global exhibition to challenge students on their future

Nottingham Trent University is to host an international exhibition which challenges today's young people to think about the major role they can play in making society more sustainable.

This new display challenges students to think in new ways and connects them globally on issues which are an important part of their future.
Roy Smith, School of Arts and Humanities

The University is to host an international exhibition which challenges today's young people to think about the major role they can play in making society more sustainable.

Whole Earth? is being shown simultaneously at universities across the UK, Scandinavia and Australia as part of a link-up between the Hard Rain Project, the National Union of Students and Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS).

The exhibition features images which focus on climate, energy, fresh water, oceans and agriculture, but also areas such as human rights and economic rule-making – aiming to display the evidence students need to join the debate about their future.

It invites students and their tutors to articulate the kind of world they want to live in, bringing them together to show political and business leaders support to take the difficult long-term decisions that underpin security for all.

Nottingham Trent University will be hosting Whole Earth? at its Clifton campus Plaza from Friday 30 October to Friday 13 November. It will then be moved to Brackenhurst campus from Monday 16 November to Friday 27 November. Its final location will then be the Newton Atrium at the university's City site until Friday 11 December.

Whole Earth? director and renowned environmental photographer and communicator, Mark Edwards, will also be visiting Nottingham Trent University to speak at its International Development Day on Wednesday 4 November.

The exhibition is set to be rolled out across universities worldwide and venues will be connected via a YouTube channel so that students can communicate across campuses and continents.

Dr Roy Smith, principal lecturer and international development expert at the university's School of Arts and Humanities, said: "We hosted the first Hard Rain exhibition a few years ago, which put images to the lyrics of Bob Dylan's song A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, and it was very impactful. This new display challenges students to think in new ways and connects them globally on issues which are an important part of their future."

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    Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS)SOS is a new, informal alliance of student organisations around the world, initiated by the National Union of Students in the UK. Through SOS, student organisations will collaborate on research, campaigns and communications, providing a global response to global challenges. SOS will help students understand the connections, follow the changes and have the right sort of evidence to influence the decision makers who need to be involved for change to happen.

    Hard Rain ProjectHard Rain aims to promote solutions that address the broad challenges of climate change, poverty eradication, environmental protection and sustainable consumption and production. It works with world renowned artists and scientists to bring our message to a wide public through exhibitions, books, films, talks and events.

Global exhibition to challenge students on their future

Published on 28 October 2015
  • Category: Environment; Press; School of Arts and Humanities

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