Many of us faced job and housing insecurity before coronavirus hit, and one in five households in Scotland were living in poverty. We were, and are, in a climate crisis that is devastating communities here and around the world.
But as we plan our recovery we can work to build a fairer future for everyone. Between 4th-11th November people across Scotland are meeting their MSPs to demand a recovery plan that protects workers, invests in our public services, addresses inequality and is serious about climate action and more.
We’re going to be spending this month creating a Just and Green Recovery Zine for Scotland – we want to hear about your experiences before and during the pandemic, where you are now, and what you imagine a better Scotland to look like. We’ll be sharing some of our own experiences at ezl – of shielding, losing jobs, having to move out of flats, being key workers, on furlough, or in hospitality, and some of the ways that we can see Scotland building back better.
We’re looking for submissions to this (currently, for obvious reasons…) digital zine – deadline is 4th December. Submissions should ideally be A5 in size, and can either be scanned or good quality photograph, or made digitally like on paint (!), photoshop, or word. If you have an idea, but you’re not sure how to turn it into a zine page, get in touch. Submissions could be writing, photographs, comix, drawings, collage, documents, letters, anything!
We have some prompts below, which we will be elaborating on on our social media, and on Tuesday 1oth November we’ll be running a zine club! This will be a watch party with some good olde fashioned ezl chat, and space, time and tunes to work on your own submissions. Email or DM us for a link!
There are several ways to get involved in the Week of Action for a Just and Green Recovery including: 📝Signing up to join the virtual lobby, meet your MSP online with others from your area and demand real change 💌 Sharing with your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues to make sure the lobby is as big as it can be. Find out more here: https://foe.scot/just-and-green-recovery-scotland/
Some prompts! You don’t have to respond to any of these, and not all of them will be applicable to everyone, but really what we want is to capture something of life before and during lockdown, something of where we are now, and take some time to imagine a different future together.
- Did life change for you with lockdown?
- Were you supported by your community?
- Were you supported by the government?
- Was life before lockdown working for you?
- Were you asked to shield? Could you? What was the experience like?
- Have you felt safe?
- Where did you stay during lockdown?
- Was your work or study affected?
- How has the pandemic affected any milestones?
- What are you doing now?
- How do you get through the day?
- What brings you joy? Have you got any new hobbies or interests?
- How have your habits changed?
- How are you socialising or staying connected to people?
- Are you still working from home?
- How do you stay informed?
- How do you take care of yourself?
- How have your plans changed?
- Where are you?
- What’s important to you right now?
- Did lockdown end for you?
- What does a just scotland look like to you?
- What does a fair scotland look like to you?
- If you didn’t have to work to earn a living, how would you spend your time?
- What would spend the money you spend on rent on instead if you could?
- If you could change something about the world, what would it be?
- What does scotland need?
- What does a safe place look like for you?
- What do you need to build back better?