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GREEN ARTS DECEMBER ROUNDUP

Welcome to the December newsletter


Thank you for your engagement with the Green Arts Initiative in 2020. Here is a taste of what’s to come next year:
  • The Cultural Adaptations project is holding an international, virtual conference from 2-5 March. It will showcase unique, innovative and creative approaches to solving complex climate challenges, with a focus on adaptation to the impacts of climate change. You can register your interest to attend. Also, I will be looking for Green Arts members to create short, simple videos talking about their organisation’s environmental work (past, present or future), to be featured on the conference site. Please email amanda.grimm@creativecarbonscotland.com if you’re interested in taking part.  
  • We will work towards a Green Recovery for Culture, with a working group of Green Arts members, artists and freelancers from the culture sector. The Scottish Parliament recently published a Green Recovery Inquiry, and we expect this to be a key focus of campaigning around the Holyrood elections in May 2021.
  • These Roundups will be circulated quarterly rather than monthly in the new year, and the next one will be sent in March. But there will be plenty of opportunities to find out about and participate in green arts work. I will send ‘traditional’ emails to announce upcoming Green Arts Meetups, and will tack on additional key information.   
For now, read on for the December Roundup. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Sensational Solstice, or just a very well deserved break!   - Amanda, Transformation of Culture Officer

Upcoming Events

Green Arts January Meetup Thurs 28 Jan, 10-11am (online) Come kick off the new year with a Green Arts catch up: a chance to see some friendly faces, share problems and ideas and find ways to work together to green our practices and our sector. If possible, please come with an issue related to culture and climate/sustainability that you would like to discuss. 
Green Champion Training Thurs 4 Feb, 10am-12pm (online). This free, CPD-certified training webinar run by Zero Waste Scotland covers how to reduce your energy, water and raw material use, save money and gain access to free consultancy and financial support to improve business efficiency. For Green Champs or members of your management team.

Case Study of the Month: Theatre Gu Leòr responds to the climate emergency both logistically and artistically


Alasdair Whyte performing in MAIM. Photo credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

Theatre Gu Leòr is a Scottish theatre company producing innovative and contemporary theatre in Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic). This case study by Co-ordinator Rhona NicDhùghaill and Artistic Director Muireann Kelly looks at their most recent production, MAIM, and how they are meeting issues around the climate emergency through both artistic and logistical approaches. Read more on the Creative Carbon Scotland website.

Advocacy Opportunity


If you are concerned about the amount of single-use plastic used throughout society, you can make a difference by responding to this Scottish Government consultation on restricting single-use plastics

This is also a chance to raise any concerns about these restrictions, such as the impact on people with certain disabilities. By contributing your views and knowledge you will help ensure that any restrictions are thought through and implemented in a way that does not make life harder for vulnerable members of society, while minimising plastic pollution, protecting nature and reducing climate changing emissions.

If you agree, you could also use the consultation to ask the Scottish Government to:
  • phase out the production of oil-based plastic (as plant-based alternatives are available)
  • ask the Government to ensure a 'just transition' to new careers for those who work in plastic production in Scotland (e.g. at the Ineos plant in Grangemouth, the UK's largest plastic producer).

Adaptation Item: Raising climate awareness through art in the Glasgow City Region

This article by EIT Climate-KIC discusses how the Climate Ready Clyde project draws on the arts "as a means of encouraging citizens to endorse the radical transformative measures necessary to fight the climate crisis."

'"Incremental approaches just aren’t working. Only a truly transformational approach will work now,” says Kit England, Climate Ready Clyde manager at sustainability charity, Sniffer. 
"So why the arts? The reason cuts to the heart of what artistic and cultural expression exists to do: namely, to challenge our perspectives, to relish what is beautiful, to look at questions afresh, and to transform our way of thinking and, ultimately, behaving".'
 
As noted in last month's Roundup, 
Green Arts members based in, or with a connection to, the Glasgow region are encouraged to look at the new draft Climate Adaptation Strategy for the Glasgow City Region, and to offer feedback through the consultation.
 
Theory of Change for a Climate Ready Glasgow City Region


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Resource of the Month: SME Climate Hub


The SME Climate Hub for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provides a one-stop shop to make a climate commitment and access best-in-class resources.
  • Even if you are not yet certain how to reduce your carbon emissions, you can make the commitment and take your first steps towards halving your emissions before 2030 and striving to achieve net zero emissions before 2050.
  • Once you have signed the Climate Commitment, you can browse tools and resources that have been tailored to support SME's efforts.
  • By making the SME Climate Commitment, your organisation will be recognized by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, giving you visibility for your green credentials, and strengthening the growing movement of businesses, universities and organisations, cities, and investors who are working to reduce emissions to net zero.

Articles, Podcasts and Videos on Climate and Culture

Welcome to our new Green Arts Members

This month the following organisations have joined us: Take Me Somewhere (Glasgow), Westbourne Music (Glasgow), Barn Gallery at The Bield at Blackruthven (Perth), Open Road (Aberdeen), Christine Cooper Ltd (Glasgow), Sanctuary Queer Arts (Edinburgh) and Scottish Artists Union. A warm welcome!
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