Letters from the Global South

A man and a woman with their backs to the camera looking at a noticeboard of letters and images

Are you interested in learning more about climate change and the effect it’s having on people around the world?

From Wednesday 6 September until Friday 8 September, Finsbury Park Mosque is hosting Letters from the Global South – a free travelling exhibition and workshop that provides a glimpse into how the climate emergency is impacting people’s lives.

The exhibition features illustrations, hand-written letters, personal accounts, photos and artwork that provide a first-hand introduction to climate change and its devastating impacts. The display aims to give a voice to under-represented communities, showing how grassroots local action can enable change worldwide. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque, tells us more about the project

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque

Climate change is an issue that will affect everyone. We’ve seen what has happened with recent wildfires around the world – from Africa, to Asia, to Europe, to America. As local communities, the responsibility is on our shoulders to educate ourselves on what we can do to tackle it.

We’re glad to be working with Zero Hour and Muslims Declare, as well as Islington Council, to host the exhibition. We have a shared responsibility to ensure we do whatever we can – through exhibitions, through worship, and through our actions.

We want people to come together to listen and learn from each other about what practical action they can be taking on climate change, even on a small scale. Education is crucial – we need to focus on educating ourselves and our young people on the climate issue.

Young people are the future. Action on the climate emergency is a huge responsibility on their shoulders, as well as our own. We need to show real leadership – to be role models and lead by example. We need to show young people that we are taking this seriously, so that they do too.

Through storytelling, we hope that people will take away a positive message: that they can understand the challenges and difficulties people face and come together to tackle them.

The exhibition runs 6–8 September, 1–9.30pm daily, and will conclude with a free workshop for residents of any faith or background on Friday 8 September, 6–9.30pm, to explore and co-create climate action ideas for the local community. Participants will learn, share ideas and socialise over food and refreshments, which will be provided. The workshop is free but spaces are limited, so register to avoid disappointment.

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