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It's been a big month for climate change!

It was pretty exciting to see young people lead global climate strikes across the world on Friday 20th September. Reports suggest an estimated 40,000 people marched the streets of Scotland, while as many as three million came out in support across the world. Wow!

There was encouraging agreement from (most) world leaders to step up national ambition and private sector action to combat the climate emergency at the UN's Climate Summit 2019 in New York City. Again, great to see youth leaders at the fore, driving home their determination to hold leaders to account.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Government published its new five-year Climate Change Adaptation Programme AND passed a landmark Climate Change Bill. Read more here.

Scotland's Climate Week is almost upon us, running for a full week for the first time, from Monday 7th until Sunday 13th October. That means it's almost time for the 2019 Green Arts Conference. More news on that below.

Anyway, read on! There are some excellent October events, two great opportunities and a couple of compelling stories in this month's newsletter.

Got something to share? Make sure you send it our way. 

Our news

Conference Programme Launched!

With less than two weeks to go, we're pleased to say the programme and session registration for the Green Arts Conference 2019 are now available on our website.

The programme reveals in detail all the exciting content and speakers for the day, which starts with your arrival and registration from 10-10.30am all the way through to the drinks reception at 5pm. 

Use the survey link on the web page to sign up for your preferred knowledge-sharing sessions, workshops and stallholder presentations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Programme and session registration

News: Scottish Government commits

Hard on the heels of the announcement that Glasgow (in partnership with Italy) is the likely host of the 26th Conference of the Parties (aka COP26) at the end of 2020 and the launch of the Government's Programme for Scotland 2019-2020, the Scottish Government passed landmark legislation committing the country to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 and to adopting an ambitious new target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030. Scotland hopes to demonstrate global leadership on climate change be reaching the net-zero target a full five years before the rest of the UK.

Scotland to become a net-zero society

Prior to this, on 23rd September, the Government published the new five-year programme to help prepare for the impact of climate change. The Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019-24 sets out policies and proposals to prepare Scotland for the challenges of continuing climate change. It includes more than 170 policies and proposals to protect communities, infrastructure and the natural environment from the threats posed by extreme weather, flooding and coastal erosion.

We hope there will be opportunities for artists and creative and cultural organisations to participate and contribute.

Climate Change Adaptation Programme

News: Edinburgh to host launch of Climate Heritage Network

Arts, culture, heritage and climate leaders will gather in Edinburgh on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October to launch an international network to mobilise cultural heritage organisations to take urgent action against climate change. The two-day programme hopes to lay the foundation for cultural heritage at COP26.

Historic Environment Scotland is the presenting sponsor and host of the event, while the National Trust for Scotland is an international co-sponsor of the new network. 

HES to host global launch


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

Featured event: 

Film Launch: 'Let's Go!'

On October 12th, Glasgow-based cycling charity Bike For Good will debut a short film focused on their efforts to tackle climate change through the VeloCommunities project in Govanhill.

Supported by Creative Carbon Scotland, playwright Lewis Hetherington and filmmaker Geraldine Heaney have been immersed in Bike for Good and working with the charity’s participants, volunteers and staff to document and explore how young people and adults are getting involved in helping make Glasgow a more sustainable, cycling-friendly city.

Join us on the red carpet

Climate Emergency in Practice

Fife Contemporary is organising a day event that considers the climate emergency and looks at practical ways artists can address it within their practice.

Speakers include our Green Arts Project Officer, Catriona Patterson alongside two Scottish artists, Jonathan Baxter and Elizabeth Ogilvie, and academic Mary Michel.

Where: Adam Smith Theatre (Beveridge Suite), Kirkcaldy, Fife
When: Thursday 3rd October, 9:30am-4:00pm
Cost: £10
Only a few places left!

Bog Myrtle and Flamethrowers

Bog Myrtle and Flamethrowers is a new exhibition by artist and filmmaker Karel Doing created during a recent artist residency with Alchemy Film & Arts.

The exhibition opens with an artist Q&A, 6pm-8pm on Friday 27th September.

Where: Yeomans Outdoor Leisure, 51-53 High St, Hawick TD9 9BP
When: Friday 27th September to Friday 11th October (Wed-Sat 11am-4pm)

Exhibition details

International Healthy Streets Summit 2019

Glasgow City Council is hosting the third International Healthy Streets Summit on 9th and 10th October.

'Delivering Healthy Streets is key to making our cities better places to walk, cycle and spend time, and for supporting social and economic activity.'

Where: Glasgow City Chambers and Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre
Healthy Streets information and programme

Green Tease: VR Climate Curator

Advance Notice: In collaboration with North East of North (NEoN) Digital Arts Festival, November's Green Tease will be a Virtual Reality workshop, exploring issues of accessibility, climate change and landscape art. Led by artist Rhoda Ellis, visitors become the curators of a VR sculpture park, placing specially-designed digital sculptures in three landscapes affected by climate change, including visions of the future, overgrown spaces, and inaccessible scenery.

Where: Boomerang Community Centre, 10 Kemback Street, Dundee, DD4 6ET
When: Monday 4th November, 10am-4pm (drop in)

NB: Further details will be added to the NEoN and Creative Carbon Scotland websites as soon as possible.
OPEN CALL: Our Green Tease on 30th September is fully booked. But, don't forget you can contact us about running your own Green Tease event connecting arts and environmental sustainability.


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

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

Jobs: Climate Resilience Managers at Sniffer

Help Sniffer drive change for a more just, sustainable and resilient Scotland.

Sniffer is a sustainability charity based in Edinburgh. As change makers they play a key role through international, national, regional and local action on climate change adaptation, delivering positive outcomes for people and places.

They currently have two vacancies – closing date for both is 13th October 2019.

Climate Resilience Manager
Edinburgh (up to £42k depending on experience)

Climate Resilience Coordinator
Edinburgh (up to £37k depending on experience)

Find out more about these rewarding roles

Opportunity: WHALE Arts Seeks New Chair

Exciting times ahead at WHALE Arts as announce they are seeking a new Chair for their Board of Directors coinciding with the launch their new five-year strategic plan.

WHALE Arts is the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes. Their mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community.

WHALE Arts invites applications from suitably experienced individuals by Friday 17th October, 12 noon.

Visit WHALE Arts for more information

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.

Galway Jazz Fest works to reduce carbon footprint

In 2018, following the release of the UN's IPCC report on climate warming and species loss, organisers quickly decided it was time to reduce the Galway Jazz Festival's carbon footprint.

They are now working with the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway, which is focused on advancing sustainability and innovation, to 'figure out the best ways to gather data, crunch numbers and analyse the results for every action by the organisers that generated any sort of carbon footprint'.

They plan to produce a report about their methods and results, which they'll make available to anyone who wants it.

Read: 'Festivals are fun, but what about the carbon footprint?'

Capturing mankind's impact on Earth

Canadian Edward Burtynsky has been travelling and photographing the world for 40 years. But his images are not the beautiful landscapes you might expect, rather they are depictions of global industrial landscapes showing how our impact has reshaped the planet.

'Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.

'These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear.'

See what our 'reshaped' world looks like (video)

Join the Green Arts Initiative

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