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Welcome to the March newsletter

It was great to see many of you at the very inspiring Cultural Adaptations Conference last week. For those who couldn’t make it, recordings of selected sessions will be made available on the Cultural Adaptations website in due course. You can already watch the videos submitted by Green Arts members for the conference showcase.
Another exciting project involving a group of Green Arts members is Culture for Climate Scotland. We're exploring how to encourage and empower the cultural and creative sectors to contribute to a just and green recovery, and how to remove the barriers which hinder our ability to do so. Our questions on this will be put to politicians at the Culture Counts election hustings on 23rd April (see Upcoming Events below).
Read on for more events, opportunities, resources and information. Do get in touch if you'd like to suggest an item for the next Roundup. (These are now circulated quarterly, so the next one will be sent in June.) For your social media schedules, please note that we are not holding the usual #GreenArtsDay this March, but may hold a themed Digital Day of Action later this year.

- Amanda (

Upcoming Events

Green Arts March Meetup
25 Mar, 14.30-15.45 (online)
The topic of this meetup is Intersectional Justice in Climate Action. We'll hear from Ana T. Amorim-Maia from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice & Sustainability, on considering intersectional justice when planning climate adaptation projects. We'll also discuss how this idea applies to cultural organisations' wider responses to climate change.
Adapting our Culture workshop 31 Mar, 16.00-17.00 (online) This workshop will provide an overview of the Adapting our Culture toolkit, designed to support cultural organisations and institutions in planning for a sustainable, resilient and climate-changed future. Join us if you would like guidance on identifying how climate changes will impact your organisation and your work, and on developing an adaptation action plan.
Culture Counts Culture Hustings 23 Apr, 10.00-11.30 (online) At this event, questions from the cultural sector will be put to candidates who are standing in the Scottish Parliament elections (6th May). Culture for Climate Scotland will contribute questions on how candidates would value, utilise and support the cultural sector as a key player in a just and green recovery and the transformation to become a net-zero nation. 
Storytelling for Change 16 Mar, 10am-4pm (online) Is your organisation doing good work around climate change? Do you want to learn how to share what you're doing effectively, to create interest and inspire further change? Join 'Story Weaver' Paul Bristow for a practical day finding, writing, telling and recording your stories of climate action. Your story could be featured on the 1,000 Better Stories podcast!

Case Study: Edinburgh Art Festival and Ellie Harrison on Adaptation and Advocacy through Art

In this case study, Green Champion Amanda Airey explains how the Edinburgh Art Festival is working on climate mitigation, adaptation and advocacy. Artist Ellie Harrison talks about her work that featured in the Art Festival’s 2020 August offering and her aim to create discussion around how we must transform our cities, society and economy in an equitable way.
Read More Here

Featured Resource:
Guidance on Measuring WFH Emissions

With much of the cultural sector now working from home, and with some home working predicted to continue for many of us beyond the pandemic, it is recommended that organisations work with their employees to begin measuring work from home (WFH) emissions. In this Quick Guide to Measuring Emissions from Home Working, our Carbon Management Officer Caro Overy outlines two ways to do this. One way is to use the Work from Home tab on the updated Tenant Energy Toolbox to estimate electricity and gas emissions. 
If you measure and report your emissions (for example, through the annual CCS Emissions Reporting survey), we advise that you start including home working emissions, and that you estimate these retrospectively for 2020/21. Please note that you should still report emissions from any buildings that you own or rent as well, if energy and water is still being used (e.g. heating to prevent damp and frozen pipes).
You can read Caro’s recent blog for an update on all things carbon management, including carbon management planning in tricky times, and a summary of ideas from the Green Arts Meetup on Carbon Management.

Adaptation Item: Adapting our Culture Toolkit

Graphic with bright triangles and circles. Text reads: "Adapting our Culture Toolkit Published!"

Since 2018, Creative Carbon Scotland and our partners on the Cultural Adaptations project have been exploring the ways in which cultural organisations can adapt to the impacts of climate change, and how they can thrive in a climate-changed world. The result of this action-research project is an in-depth toolkit, specifically designed to support cultural organisations.
Throughout history, societies have adapted to the local conditions of their physical environments, but the pace of climate change will create new challenges and opportunities for cultural organisations. To be socially, environmentally and financially resilient to a warmer, wetter and wilder climate, culture must adapt. Read more on the launch of the Adapting our Culture Toolkit here.

See the Events section above for a workshop for cultural organisations, at which we will explore how to use the new toolkit.


Advocacy Opportunity:
Public Engagement for a Net Zero Nation

Many young people in a workshop, sitting at tables with pens and paper.

Picture of a youth workshop as part of the Big Climate Conversation in 2019. 

The Scottish Government is
asking for views on its Net-Zero Nation Public Engagement Strategy: a framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the impacts of climate change. The consultation consists of 15 questions on how to encourage action, enabling participation in decision-making, and related topics.
The arts and cultural sector could play a key role in engaging the public and raising awareness of the societal and cultural transformation that is required. Here are some ideas you could consider and suggest, but you will probably have many more!
  • The Scottish Government and local authorities could employ embedded artists to help design and facilitate participatory processes for local, community-based decision making;
  • They could also establish a fund for artistic work which explores how we can adapt our society, our economy and our lives;
  • The Scottish Government could recruit creative organisations to develop a creative campaign to encourage behaviour change, possibly working with selected ‘artistic advocates’ as spokespeople;
  • They should ensure that the cultural sector is involved in planning and shaping the transition to net-zero. We excel at thinking beyond entrenched norms, questioning dominant systems and narratives, and imagining other possibilities. That will be essential for achieving an equitable and inclusive transition to a zero-carbon future in which we can all flourish, instead of a race which amplifies existing inequalities.
The deadline to participate in the consultation is 31st March.

Featured Campaign: Stay Grounded

The pandemic has forced most of us to 'stay grounded' for a year or more, and a recent survey found that the majority of European citizens intend to continue to limit their air travel to reduce their climate impact, even after coronavirus restrictions are lifted. 

Many Green Arts organisations are also committing to keep their air travel lower than before the pandemic. Some are ruling out domestic flights (except when this increases barriers for people with disabilities), and others plan to fly less frequently but stay longer and get more out of each trip. 

If your organisation is one of these, you might be interested in Stay Grounded, a global network of more than 160 member organisations who aim to exchange experiences, support each other, and campaign together for a reduction of aviation and its negative impacts. They also counter problematic climate strategies like offsetting emissions and biofuels. Their vision is a form of mobility that rests inside the planetary boundaries and allows a liveable future for us and future generations.

Creative Carbon Scotland has shared a list of measures we've implemented to reduce our air travel on the Stay Grounded website.

Organisations who agree with the full position paper can sign up to the coalition here

Featured Articles and Podcasts

Welcome to our new Green Arts Members

Numerous new members have joined the network recently: Story Wagon (Glasgow), Red Bridge Arts (Fife), surrogate (Edinburgh), Balgarvie Weaving (Fife), The Birchvale Players (Dumfries), Creative Edinburgh, Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (Muir of Ord) and Arkbound Foundation (Glasgow).

The Green Arts Initiative now has over 300 members! Thank you to longstanding members for staying with us and helping us grow. Remember you can search for another member with particular knowledge or interest through our Member Matching tool
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