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From Citizens to Planetizens: Turn It Around! Youth Visions of Climate Futures during the 2023 Festival

Planetizen art

#Planetizens

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The idea of citizenship signals our commitment to democracy, but citizenship has always been an exclusive notion. Throughout history and today, definitions of who “counts” as a citizen have separated insiders from outsiders, positioning some people as superior over other human and non-human beings. What if we extended the idea of citizenship to planetizenship, resituating humans as members of a shared planet?

We invite you to share your visions for how shifting our perspectives from citizenship to planetizenship might undo hierarchies and borders, engaging across gender, age, class, race, ability, species, machines, and matter in order to collectively remake our planetary futures. We encourage submissions from individuals or collectives of planetizens of all kinds – human, animal, spirit, vegetal, microbial, mineral, AI, or machinic, along with landscapes, cityscapes, skyscapes, and waterscapes.

Be creative and share any text, visual, media, music, dance, or any other responses – you name it!

  • Share a portrait of a planetizen whom you know personally – human or non-human.
  • Visualize where and how people learn about planetizenship.
  • Create an artwork of what connects us around the planet. Are we connected equally or unevenly, and how?
  • Envision how planetizens might connect across differences and create spaces for collective decision-making and solidarity.
  • What do we need to learn in order to live well with ourselves, others, and the planet?
  • How might planetizens repair the harms of the past without creating new ones and reconfigure relations for planetary futures?
  • Tell a story or teaching from your Elders, community, or land that shares wisdom about planetizenship.
  • What needs to change to ensure all planetizens, especially those who are most marginalized, can fully contribute?

Share your vision by posting on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #planetizens

ASU will be sharing responses on our Instagram page: www.instagram.com/planetizenmusuem/ and www.instagram.com/turnitaroundcards/

And save the date! Wed, January 25, From 16:00 – 17:00 CET: From Citizens to Planetizens: Mobilizing the Power of Socially Engaged Art to Reimagine Climate Futures

The idea of citizenship signals our commitment to democracy, but citizenship has always been an exclusive notion. Throughout history and today, definitions of who “counts” as a citizen have separated insiders from outsiders, positioning some people as superior over other human and non-human beings. What if we extended the idea of citizenship to planetizenship, resituating humans as members of a shared planet?

The workshop will bring together educators, artists, and student leaders to share their visions for how shifting our perspectives from citizenship to planetizenship might undo hierarchies and borders, engaging across gender, age, class, race, ability, species, machines, and matter in order to collectively remake our planetary futures. Join us to explore the power of artistic practice as a process of unlearning and learning anew as we begin to radically reimagine and re-build relationships with one another and planetizens of all kinds – human, animal, spirit, vegetal, microbial, mineral, AI/machinic, along with landscapes, cityscapes, skyscapes, and waterscapes

Useful links:

The full book ‘Learning Planetizen Manifesto
– Shortened manifesto here

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