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Thanks for Standing Up!

Monday night, 19th August. Well, what can we say? What an amazing time we had at comedy fundraiser, Stand Up for Your Planet. We are truly blown away by the response to this event and extend our sincere thanks to the Assembly Festival team for making it happen.

Some of the leading lights of the international comedy circuit (Choir of Man, Phoebe Robinson, Joanne McNally, Reginald D Hunter, Ed Byrne, Mark Watson, Jimeoin, David O'Doherty, Dylan Moran and Eddie Izzard, with Jason Byrne as MC) entertained a packed and brilliant audience in the Assembly Main Hall. Straight man, Professor Dave Reay, gave an impeccable key note. Our thanks to everyone! 

We got out and shook our buckets after the show too, raising an extra few pounds. Actually, they're not our buckets and we must say thank you to Waverley Care and to EMMS International for lending them to us.

All proceeds will be used to continue greening the cultural sector, finding original ways to influence audiences and placing artists in projects addressing climate change to help them achieve their important aims and build a better world.

Update: Survey launched

The survey to submit the 2019 Carbon Management Plan Update and Emissions Reporting for RFOs has now been launched.

Seven organisations have already submitted responses! And we know of around 20 more who are working on them. This is a great response so far.

Submission deadline is 27th September 2019 for Creative Scotland RFOs and 4th October for organisations receiving cultural funding from City of Edinburgh Council. 
Organisations in the latter group are invited to a free beginner's workshop on developing a carbon management plan: Book a place here.

In the meantime, we'll be feeding back on all completed surveys with a full breakdown of your carbon footprint.

Guidance and who to contact

Guest Blog: Developing a Carbon-Neutral Fringe Show

At this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe the amount of climate-focused shows has been greater than ever before. But you can't have a show about climate change without doing your bit to save the planet, right?

Bea Udale-Smith (director and performer) and Conky Kampfner (writer and dramaturg) of Pigfoot Theatre decided their show was going to be carbon neutral long before they knew what the show was going to be about. How to Save a Rock has lighting powered by a bicycle, live sound, and a set, props and costumes made from re-purposed materials.

Read about the challenges of cycling while acting


There are more events on our website. And, if you've got something coming up you can submit your events here.

Featured event: 

Get your earlybird tickets by 30th August

Avoid disappointment, get your earlybird tickets to this year's Green Arts Conference by midnight next Friday (30th August).

The conference is on Tuesday 8th October, 10am-6pm, at Central Hall, Edinburgh.
We're organising at pace and while we can't give away all our surprises yet, here's a snapshot of what you can look forward to:

  • Plenaries on our climate emergency and climate justice
  • A breakout session on how the Green Arts community intersects with equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • The return of our popular ‘Green Arts: Show and Tell sessions’
  • Afternoon workshops suitable for new or experienced Green Champions
  • Tasty vegetarian catering!

The Green Arts Conference is the only event of its kind and an incredibly valuable opportunity to learn what you can do, to share your experiences with others and to make connections that will push your environmental engagement to the next level. 
Tell everyone!

If you have any questions, shoot them across to:

Book your tickets here

Beyond Borders International Festival 2019

Beyond Borders is this weekend! Kicking off at 8.30am on Saturday (24th August) and running through until 7pm on Sunday (25th August), there's a vast array of events encompassing panel discussions and debates alongside a programme of music, visual and performing arts, film, spoken word, and well-being activities such as meditation, yoga, walks, and cycle rides.
View the BBIF programme and book tickets

Fringe 2019 Sustainability Review

Free event!
We're working with zero-waste Fringe venue The Greenhouse and UoE's Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability to provide Fringe participants with the opportunity to feedback on the good, the bad and the ugly of this year's festival. Sustainability-related, we mean!

Where: Respite Room, Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, Edinburgh EH8 9LE
When: Monday 26th August, 2.30-5.30pm

Find out more!

Hebrides International Film Festival

The 2019 Hebrides International Film Festival (HIFF) will present current international features and short films on the theme of islands, environments and remote communities.

Details are being finalised on the HIFF website right now, so keep your eye out for all the details of what promises to be an exciting three days of entertaining and thought-provoking cinema.

Where: Across venues in Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra (see programme for details)
When: Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th September

Visit the HIFF website

Green Tease: Island Futures

Island Futures: A TransAtlantic Evening of Poetry and Discussion is our next Green Tease. Join us for an evening exploring the role of poetry in understanding and communicating about climate change and other environmental issues facing island communities.

Co-organised with the Scottish Poetry Library and featuring poets Roseanne Watt, from the Shetland Islands, and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, the event will interrogate issues of climate justice.

Where: 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU 
When: Monday 30th September, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Find out more and book your free place
OPEN CALL: Run your own Green Tease event connecting arts and environmental sustainability.

Library of Creative Sustainability

Featured examples of sustainability outcomes achieved through artistic collaboration from the Library of Creative Sustainability.

Tidal barriers and management schemes

Visual artist, Simon Read, has been working with the Deben Estuary Partnership in Suffolk since 2008 to address the effects of coastal tides on saltmarsh sites.

In consultation and partnership with landowners, the community and public agencies, Read builds barriers using heavy-duty plastic, timber, brushwood, straw bales and coir to limit saltmarsh decay and reduce erosion.
How Suffolk is sorting its saltmarshes


News, opportunities and guest blogs from the arts & sustainability worlds.

Submit news, blogs or opportunities to the Creative Carbon Scotland website

News: Sustainable Fringe Award Winners

The Pianodrome and Pigfoot Theatre are the winners of the inaugural Sustainable Fringe Awards. Congratulations!

Read more about the winners and their projects

News: Short film competition winner

Congratulations to Gregory Vaux, overall winner of the short film competition for 16-30 year olds, 'Why Invest in Nature?' which was hosted by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital.

Gregory's film The Nature of Farming highlights the need for farming to work alongside nature so that it can be sustainable for upcoming generations as well as helping to prevent climate change.

Well done to other category winners and specially commended entries, which can all be viewed on the SNH website.

Watch Gregory's film

The Story

Each month we share a compelling story or two of what action on the climate crisis means around the world. Let us know what you think.

Sweden has run out of rubbish!

While the rate of recycling in the UK has actually dropped slightly since 2014, our Swedish neighbours are doing so well at it that they've run out of rubbish.

The country has implemented a cohesive national recycling policy that has come about after a long period of planning, communication and infrastructure building. It's not without its detractors (waste collected via recycling channels is burned to provide heating for Swedish houses), but officials say the ultimate goal is to stop sending waste for recycling in the first place, and repairing, sharing and reusing it instead.

More on Sweden's waste

Join the Green Arts Initiative

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