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Belated Happy New Year wishes from Creative Carbon Scotland! January is already racing to an end as 2020 gets off to a flying* start. 

Climate change appears to be at the top of the agenda for many people, organisations and governments and, though we are gratified by this on some levels, it's clear a consensus on what that means is still a way off, as illustrated by Davos 2020, which is underway currently.

We, however, are embarking on a jam-packed programme of projects (e.g. introducing Seas of the Outer Hebrides), events and consultancy encouraging and supporting culturally-led climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read about just some of what's coming up below, including our Cultural Adaptations conference and #GreenArts Day 2020. There's also more on our Renewable Energy Month, which continues until 31st January.

By the way, we've changed our newsletter scheduling so you'll now find it in your inbox on the second last Thursday of each month. As always, we'd love to hear any feedback you may have.

Finally, if you're celebrating Burns' Night on Saturday, why not throw some climate/weather-related Scots into your conversations. (You're welcome.)

*Pardon the pun, and please do not take this as an endorsement of airplane flying :-)

Our news

Ben's Strategy Blog:
The pain and pleasure of long-distance rail journeys

In November, Ben and four colleagues embarked on a long-distance rail journey from Edinburgh to Gothenburg in Sweden for the second transnational meeting of our Cultural Adaptations project. They were joined along the way by two Irish and three Belgian counterparts, eventually arriving at their destination after more than two days' travelling.

Was the long journey worth it? What were the impacts on time, cost and work? 
Read Ben's thoughts on this slow-travel experience

Cultural Adaptations conference dates announced!

We're pleased to announce the dates for this special 2020 event. The international Cultural Adaptations conference will take place in Glasgow from 6th to 8th October.

Over three days of presentations, workshops and networking, the conference will share the learnings from the Creative Europe-funded project and explore wider knowledge and international experiences of how creativity can help us to adapt.
Please share these dates with your networks!
Find out more and register your interest in attending

Inspire others to take action this #GreenArts Day

The annual online celebration of our movement for a sustainable Scotland is taking place on Wednesday 18th March from 10am, across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We will be releasing the 2019/20 Green Arts Initiative annual report and new case studies about green arts activity in Scotland as well as creating a 'twitter storm' to reach more people with our messages.
Save the date

Renewable Energy Month continues

Our dedicated Renewable Energy Month page has gained a swag of links to resources, articles and videos all related to renewable energy options and their benefits.

Using renewable energy is just one way we can all play a part in shaping a cleaner, greener future. If you or your organisation has the opportunity to switch, we recommend our energy sponsor, Good Energy. They are genuine renewable energy suppliers with an excellent track record. Respected independent advisor, Which UK, recently placed Good Energy in its 'green leaf' category (one of only two suppliers; the other is Ecotricity), meaning that they "consistently generate enough renewable electricity themselves to match customer use, or buy the equivalent directly from generators". 
See what's new on our Renewable Energy Month page

Library of Creative Sustainability

Since 1969, the work of artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles has revolved around a concept she named 'maintenance art' in which she seeks to reframe maintenance not as a banal necessity but as a vital part of how we interact with the world. In 1977, she was appointed artist in residence to the New York City Department of Sanitation, a role she still holds today. 
Read more about Ukeles' work and influence in our maintenance art case study

Green Tease: Listening to the Anthropocene

Our upcoming Green Tease will look at how music, sound and listening can provide alternative ways of conceptualising environmental issues, focusing on the idea of the Anthropocene and the ways that human activity has fundamentally changed Scotland’s biosphere. This event brings together musicians, artists, environmental experts and campaigners for talks, discussion and deep listening. 
When: Thursday 6th February, 6pm-8pm
Where: Civic House, Glasgow
Reserve your place!

Tell us what you think

Members of our Green Arts Initiative are invited to complete our annual feedback survey. It only takes 15 minutes! Many thanks to everyone who has done so already.
Complete the survey


Join: For those of you interested in forming plans for COP26 coming to Glasgow this year, an open Arts4COP26 Facebook Group has been set up for discussion and sharing ideas.

Event: 28th January 2020 - a very interesting line-up of speakers for Decorate / Disrupt: what's the role of art in transforming public services? with Fire Starter Festival in Edinburgh.

Opportunity: final deadline 31st January 2020 - submit thought-provoking work that displays a sophisticated consideration of values for a chance to win £7500 in the John Byrne Award.

Opportunity: deadline 3rd February 2020 - Historic Environment Scotland is inviting applications for consultancy in contemporary art commissioning, by tender.

Opportunity: deadline 4th February 2020 - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) Edinburgh for practice development, including bursary awards.

Opportunity: deadline 14th February 2020 - an exciting opportunity to spend six days at sea and five days on land at Island Going 2020: Outer Hebrides residency, brought to you by An Lanntair.

Event (save the date): 21st February 2020 - Creative Informatics is hosting 'Tools for Greener Making' at the Botanics in Edinburgh. Eventbrite details out tomorrow - follow @CreateInf on Twitter or check their website.

Visit the Creative Carbon Scotland website to see more events and opportunities.

Don't forget you can submit your organisation's arts and sustainability news, events and opportunities directly to our website and for inclusion in our newsletter.
NEXT DEADLINE: 19th February 2020.

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.

Australia's underwater art museum

Many of us have been watching in horror as devastating infernos have gripped Australia, destroying flora and fauna, domestic and farm animals, homes and millions of acres of land. It's brought the very real threat of climate change home to many.

To bring some respite, here's a happier story from Downunder: the Museum of Underwater Art featuring work by Brit Jason deCaires Taylor, the world’s leading underwater sculptor. Opening April 2020 (planned).

"As the only underwater art museum in the Southern Hemisphere - along with being a major tourism attraction, economic injector, job generator and marine science and research hub, MOUA will act to highlight reef conservation, restoration and education on a global scale.

"In short MOUA matters. It matters to many different people in many different industries and many different locations."

Visit the MOUA website

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