“Children and young people do not identify with the current paternalist approach to civil defence. Today, they ask to be fully empowered citizens: to participate, be active, cooperate…”
So begins the account of a powerful interaction between children and young people, practitioners and policy makers in disaster management and risk reduction held for the CUIDAR project in Barcelona. The quote is from a leading expert in civil protection from the Catalan Government. The Open University of Catalonia has published a number of articles in English, Spanish and Catalan by researchers, science communicators and academic staff aimed at bringing people in closer contact with science. Israel Rodriguez Giralt, a member of the CUIDAR team, writes about the project and the importance of participation as a tool for building resilience in children and young people in disaster situations. You can read the English version of his article here.