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A soundwalk from the future imagines climate transition

“It’s 2050. Selma is dead. But before she is buried, she wants to talk to a person from 2021 and show them how, in Malmö, everything is possible. That person is you.” That is the dramatic beginning of a climate soundwalk that gives the listener the opportunity to imagine how Malmö, Sweden, might be affected by climate change over the coming 30 years. The project is a collaboration between researchers and radio journalists.

The soundwalk is climate fiction in a radio theatre format, and can be experienced in Hyllie and Holma in Malmö, Sweden. The story is told through characters from Malmö, who look back on the defining events of the climate transition.

“We believe that climate change must be made tangible and real in order to engage people”, says Johannes Stripple, a political scientist who researches climate narratives. “One way of doing this is connecting to specific locations; in this case Malmö, Sweden.”

The researchers stress that Memories from the transition is not an attempt at an accurate forecast, but rather an engaging story, where climate change is experienced – the listeners decide for themselves whether the solutions and methods presented are something we should strive towards.

About Memories from the transition:

The walk begins on Hyllie Square in Malmö. You use your own mobile phone and headphones. The audio is found in the free app Climaginaries, available for both Android and iPhone, in Swedish and English. Make sure your phone is fully charged, wear comfortable shoes and then head to Hyllie Square where the story begins. The walk can be done every day between 10:00 - 18:45, even after summer. 

Read more about the project here