Manifesto

Climate, nature and youth are sounding an alarm we can’t ignore: the loss of a diverse and abundant natural world; future prospects for young people; species extinction; all are sounding a warning that what we cherish is under threat

Siren is workshops, summits and an annual landmark arts and environment festival looking at positive solutions - created by bringing young people together with more experienced people from the worlds of creativity, science, advocacy, environment, health and wellbeing

At Siren we believe in two key things:

Firstly, that by mixing art, science, expression, entertainment and truth we can appeal to heads as well as hearts, using a language that attracts broad new audiences to the issues.

Secondly, we must also appeal to, and involve, younger people of all backgrounds - by helping them to find their voice they can lead their communities to positive solutions.

Our workshops match young people with creative people, scientists, environmental advocates, performers, trainers and mentors, to share transferrable life skills that can help them around self-confidence, film-making, public-speaking, event organising, photography, wellbeing, anxiety, local democracy and more. The projects created by young people and their mentors will be showcased at our annual landmark arts and environment festival - Siren - a festival that we intend ultimately will be run by young people too.

'Environment' is not a separate box, it's about the way we live our lives, especially now. We must seek to change the future for nature, and also change the future for young people by looking at: climate; anxiety; sense of community; connection with nature; mental health and wellbeing; new livelihoods; wild places; and most of all positive solutions. 

Our aim is to:

  • Reach people of different backgrounds, values and generations
  • Combine science and the arts to create a language that impresses both head and heart
  • Restore a stronger connection with the natural world 
  • Give our communities the confidence to respond positively 
  • Create a platform to share knowledge, skills and passion with younger people
  • Give younger people the tools and confidence to make positive and tangible change
  • Engage with politicians and other decision-makers about the positive changes we wish to see 
  • Inspire, inform and enable discussions about the way we can each choose to live our lives

We are a platform for those who believe that Suffolk can be a showcase for the UK and beyond. A platform for people and organisations who know that by working together we can make a better future and inspire positive change.

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