In the context of COP26, The British Council in Mexico implemented “Hackear la crisis climática: el futuro es indígena” (Hacking the climate crisis: the future is indigenous), a two-month transmedia laboratory for indigenous leaders or people working with indigenous communities from across Mexico that are facing climate change challenges. It builds on creative digital skills (short filmmaking, creative writing, radio, etc.) and leadership empowerment to have a more diverse representation of climate justice in the digital sphere while celebrating indigenous and local knowledge.
The laboratory ended in the creation of a network called Futuros Indígenas(Indigenous Futures) and with 5 transmedia projects that were developed during the sessions addressing the following topics:
- Territories: this includes audio capsules in Spanish and 4 indigenous languages (mixteco, maya, purépecha and tsetsal), posters, and an interactive map of actions in diverse territories of Mexico.
- Urbanisation: this includes posters and YouTube videos that contain rap artists from indigenous territories singing in Spanish and in their native tongue about the importance of their communities’ visibility in urban territories.
- Food supplies: images, gifs, and stickers as well as filters for social media sites, being the main project a recipe repository that will include recipes from indigenous communities to dignify their ways of nurturing and building hope through food autonomy.
- Water: This includes some audio capsules in Spanish and indigenous languages, as well as two high-resolution posters.
- Energies: Audio capsules and images for sharing in social media where they invite communities to resist extractivism.
The programme was done in partnership with Ambulante, Mexico’s most prestigious documentary film organisation, and is part of a wider collaboration with which aims to launch in December Mexico’s first Climate Story Lab to inspire media makers, climate activists, and other stakeholders to support story-based climate action.