Kirsty Hammond

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Just Transition Craftivism and FilmUnited Kingdom

Kirsty Hammond brings a unique perspective and deep-rooted commitment to driving positive change as a Climate Action Program Manager and passionate advocate for addressing the urgent issue of climate change. She has a background as a community development worker and youth worker, and has actively engaged with individuals and communities, empowering them to take charge of their sustainable future. In her current position, Kirsty works closely with volunteers and participants, supporting them in building skills and confidence as they embark on their climate journeys. She is particularly passionate about empowering young people, recognizing their potential as catalysts for change and future leaders in driving sustainability efforts. Grounded in the principles of equity, justice, and community engagement, her approach to climate action prioritizes inclusivity and equal opportunities for all individuals to access services and actively participate in shaping their communities. She firmly believes that sustainable change is achieved through collective efforts and partnerships.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Kirsty is known for her exceptional people skills. She excels at building rapport, inspiring others, and cultivating collaboration among stakeholders from various backgrounds. With unwavering dedication and a firm belief in the power of collective action, she is committed to driving meaningful change and building a future where sustainability, justice, and thriving communities go hand in hand.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Just Transition Craftivism and Film

The Just Transition Craftivism and Film project was created to challenge the climate justice narrative in Bristol, amplifying the voices of diverse and disadvantaged communities, and fostering community engagement in shaping a sustainable future. The project organized thematic art installations and conducted engaging workshops to empower underrepresented youth and marginalized communities to express their perspectives on climate change. Additionally, a videographer captured the essence of the project in a compelling short film, to distribute publicly and significantly enhance the project's reach and impact.

Kirsty engaged 60 young people through youth club sessions, over 50 people during workshops, and about 1000 people at the art installations. The short film produced by the project gained significant attention online, reaching a diverse audience of over 1,000. Overall, the Just Transition Craftivism and Film project influenced the community, driving positive change, raising awareness, and fostering inclusive dialogue around climate justice principles. Through innovative approaches such as thematic art, storytelling, and community engagement, the project challenged narratives, empowered marginalized voices, and catalyzed collective action for a more hopeful future.

Kirsty was also a panelist for the IVLP Impact Awards Alumni Discussion Series panel on “Involving Community in Environmental Action” which you can read more about here.

"By actively engaging with hard-to-reach communities, leveraging my networks, and employing various promotional channels, we will ensure broad participation in the artist workshops. This inclusive approach will empower individuals to contribute their unique viewpoints on climate change and the pursuit of a just and sustainable future." - Kirsty Hammond

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Kirsty was a participant in the IVLP Project Climate Exchange: Adaptation & Justice, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Her exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "By leveraging the resources and networks established during the IVLP trip, I aim to enhance the project's reach, leverage additional expertise, and maximize its impact."

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Albuquerque, NM

"The IVLP experience further enriched my understanding of global climate issues and reinforced my determination to contribute to a sustainable future. As an IVLP alumna, I have gained invaluable connections and resources that I leverage in my role as a Climate Action Programme Manager, enabling me to make a greater impact." - Kirsty Hammond

Country: United Kingdom

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