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We're not being polite. Today is Earth Overshoot Day. That means our demand for ecological resources and services has exceeded what Earth can regenerate this year. And we've still got 155 days of 2019 to go...

As Scotland stands ready to host the world's biggest arts festival, we're noticing that the climate crisis is a theme in more and more events, and it's great to see. Let's hope it also leads to some much-needed action and behaviour change.

For our part, this month's newsletter features two events at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that are particularly close to our hearts. They come highly recommended (of course!), and we encourage you to attend and/or participate, if you can: the inaugural Sustainable Fringe Awards, the deadline for which is only days away, and the Stand Up for Your Planet comedy extravaganza with an exciting all-star line-up.

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Enter the Sustainable Fringe Awards
by August 2nd

Show us your sustainability colours! Submit your new, novel, creative or ambitious ideas for increasing the sustainability of your work at this year's fringe, and win £100 towards making it a reality.

Read the instructions and enter here!

"In the event of a [climate] emergency..."

Green Arts Conference 2019

This year's Green Arts Conference is entitled "In the event of a [climate] emergency..." and it's on Tuesday, 8th October (it's already in your diary, right?)

Earlybird tickets (£30) are now on sale to Green Arts Initiative members and those who have already registered interest, and on general release from August 1st-31st. After that, ticket prices will increase to £45.

More information about the programme will be added to the conference page soon.
Book your tickets here

Welcome back, Caro Overy!

We are delighted that Caro Overy, our Carbon Management Planning Officer, has returned to Creative Carbon Scotland to support all organisations required to submit emissions reports and carbon management plans under their funding agreements. This year, she’ll be working with Creative Scotland RFOs as well as organisations receiving cultural funding from City of Edinburgh Council. Please feel free to follow up with Caro for support as you progress through your plans.

Read Caro's planning update

And welcome, Lewis and KD

Two new staff members have joined us this month - Lewis Coenen-Rowe, and KD (Katherine Denney).

Lewis is our new Green Arts Networks, Events, and Programming Officer, working four days a week, supporting both Catriona and Gemma in their roles as Green Arts Project Manager and Culture/SHIFT Producer, respectively.

KD is joining us for the next six months as interim Communications Officer (three days a week), while Mike Elm is on sabbatical undertaking an overland trip to China and back. Bon voyage, Mike! Have a wonderful time.

Find out more about Lewis and KD here

Ben's Strategy Blog: Climate thinking-caps on!

This month, Ben's been trainsetting around the country meeting leaders from RFOs, talking about the 'climate budget' and revving up some brainstorming about what arts, screen and creative industry organisations can do to reduce their climate impacts.

Ben's July Strategy Blog

Creative Minds process film

The Creative Minds competition was part of the Levenmouth Adapts project, which aims to promote climate-ready decision making in a way that incorporates community interests and champions the value of creative approaches to bring about change.

Students at Fife College participated in the Creative Minds video competition developing their visions of what a climate-ready Levenmouth might look like in 2030, and they made a video about the process.

Watch the Creative Minds documentary

Guest Blog: Making meaning

"I’ve been thinking a lot about this as I wonder about making art in a climate emergency; perhaps we need an aesthetic revolution where we don’t just document and observe nature, but acknowledge our non-human collaborators as we attempt to co-create this world we find ourselves sharing."

This is the fifth instalment in a blog series from playwright, Lewis Hetherington, about his work as embedded artist with Glasgow cycling charity, Bike for Good, as part of the 1000th Climate Challenge Fund project

Lewis's blog #5

Library of Creative Sustainability

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

SLOW Cleanup civic experiments

SLOW Cleanup brings together a civic practice artist and a soil scientist leading a cultural approach to site remediation in the city of Chicago. The current experiments are restoring 12 sites previously occupied by petrol stations using phyto-remediation, the process of living plants enhancing soil cleanup, and community involvement.
Take a look at SLOW Cleanup


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

Have you got something to share? 
Submit news, blogs or opportunities to the Creative Carbon Scotland website

News: Siamsa Tíre Summer Residency

This year's Summer Residency at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee, Ireland has been awarded to visual artist, Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green. The residency aims to reflect creatively on the impact of Climate Change on Siamsa Tíre's local community and to use cultural practice as an interface to communicate an imagined future with a local and international audience.

Siamsa Tíre residency

Opportunity: £2500 prize for any creative work

The John Byrne Award, Scotland’s most inclusive competition for emerging artists, is looking for work, in any creative medium, that is thought-provoking and displays a sophisticated consideration of values.

Open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland, John Byrne awards a top prize of £2500 annually, and monthly prizes of £250 - next deadline is July 31st!

Details of the John Byrne Award

Opportunity: Commission to create recycling themed art installation

Here's a terrific opportunity for a local artist to create an eye-catching, bold installation for a recycling-on-the-go campaign, courtesy of environmental charity, Hubbub UK.

Expressions of interest encouraged by Friday 2nd August 2019 (but a bit later is ok too).

More details here

Opportunity: Become a Young Leader

The 2050 Climate Group has introduced its fourth Young Leaders Development Programme.

Aimed at people aged between 18 and 35, the programme offers leadership training and knowledge of the climate crisis as key elements along with improving communication and influencing skills and the opportunity to be a part of an inspiring network committed to creating a just and sustainable future.

Applications close 8th August

Apply to join the Young Leaders Development Programme

Opportunity: Public Art Commissions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Printmakers is calling for artists to take part in an ambitious public art programme in partnership with Vastint.

They are working in partnership with international real estate organisation, Vastint, to deliver an ambitious public art programme as part of their building development in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh 2019/2020.

Deadline for Notes of Interest: 18th August 2019

Apply now


We decided our newsletter was starting to get a bit long, so this month we've reduced this listing to a few featured events. Let us know if you like it.
Of course, if you're looking for a green-related something to do and these ones aren't for you, you can always find more events on our website. And, if you've got something coming up you can submit your events here.

Featured event:

Stand Up for Your Planet - image for comedy fundraiser at Assembly Hall on August 19th

Support sustainability in the arts and have a good laugh at the same time, courtesy of Assembly Festival's one-off extravaganza, Stand Up for Your Planet, featuring an all-star line-up including, Ed Byrne, Reginald D Hunter and Eddie Izzard, with more to be announced soon!

It's a fundraising gig for Creative Carbon Scotland (yes, us), and we'd truly love your support. Come along for an epic 90 minutes!

When: Monday, August 19th at 5.30pm
Where: Assembly Hall - Main Hall
Suitability: 14 years +
Book here!

Featured event: Big Climate Conversation

These Scottish Government-hosted events continue next week and through to August 14th in Aberdeen, Portree, Fort William and Orkney. Everyone is welcome, so come along and join in the climate conversation.

More information, locations and registration

Featured event: Start Your Sustainable Fringe

On Monday 5th August, join Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Carbon Scotland, Staging Change and the University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department at a day of workshops, talks and activities to help Fringe-goers have a more #SustainableFringe:

  • 10.30-12.00 – Staging Change Sustainable Design Workshop
  • 13.00-15.00 – Festival Sustainability: A Practical Skills Workshop
  • 16.00-17.00 – Staging Change: Creating a Green Movement
  • 18.00-19.00 – Sustainability at the Fringe: Reception
Join us and start your Sustainable Fringe

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.

Tate directors declare climate emergency 

"Our declaration of a climate emergency is just the beginning in our determination to effect and inspire change."

The Tate has committed to actively responding to the climate emergency across all four of its galleries and its stores, and to a 10% reduction in its footprint by 2023.

Read the Tate's press release

What's the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis?

Trees. Lots of trees.

According to scientists, a worldwide planting programme of a trillion or more trees could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities. They have already made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.
Read the full Guardian article

Join the Green Arts Initiative

Have you joined the Green Arts Initiative yet?

Join the 225+ members of the Green Arts Initiative community to be part of an interactive community of Scottish arts organisations working to reduce their environmental impact.​

Join now!
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