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GREEN ARTS OCTOBER ROUNDUP

Welcome to the October newsletter

This month's newsletter features some very interesting events and information on a diverse range of topics, from adapting green production planning in light of Covid, to tips and funding to make working from home more comfortable and sustainable. 

This seems like a good place to say well done to the Green Arts Members who have recently completed their emissions reporting and carbon management plan updates for the year. We'll be running a meetup in December to reflect on this process and plan next steps; more details will follow in next month's newsletter.

As always, please get in touch if you have questions or requests for future roundups: amanda.grimm@creativecarbonscotland.com I hope you're all doing okay. 

Upcoming Events

Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Earth Stories Collection Fri 30 Oct, 13.30-16.30 (online event). This workshop opens a window onto the international effort to disseminate and learn from indigenous traditions, in the face of environmental crisisFull programme here (featuring online events & storytelling walks). 
Green Tease: Understanding Climate Complexity: Science Through Art 18 Nov, 14.00-16.00 (online). Delivered by Creative Carbon Scotland and Blue-Action, the aim of the event is to bring together climate research scientists with arts practitioners, to explore the role of the arts for developing understanding of complex science for the public.
Building Resilience Beyond Covid-19 Thurs 19 Nov, 11.00-12.30 (online). This webinar, delivered by Scottish Council on Archives and Creative Carbon Scotland, explores how planning can minimise risk and adapt the archives sector to the impacts of climate change and Covid-19 - and what learnings they can apply from Green Arts members and the cultural sector. (Booking opens 22nd October.)
From the Ground Up: Global Online Gathering for Climate Justice 12-16 Nov (online). To mark the moment COP26 was originally set to happen, the COP26 Coalition is hosting a global gathering to educate and strategise. With workshops on: Feminism and the Climate Emergency / Indigenous Knowledge & Strategies for Resistance / How to take action during a global pandemic, and much more!

Cultural Offering of the Month


Dundee Museum of Transport (one of our newer Green Arts members) presents an exhibition on The Future of Transport, 23 October - 30 December. To complement the exhibition, they are holding a 'mini conference' on 2 November (14.00-14.30) to discuss Dundee and Scotland’s place within the global climate crisis, and Scotland's aims for carbon neutrality.  

Resource of the Month


As it’s getting colder, and with many of us working from home, these tips from Zero Waste Scotland on 10 ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint while working from home are likely to come in handy! 

Also, there is funding available from Home Energy Scotland for making homes warmer, cheaper and more energy efficient.

Advocacy Opportunity

From 4-11 November, there will be a Week of Action for a Just & Green Recovery. The aim is to connect people and issues for a cross-sector call for a recovery that protects and creates good jobs, ensures an adequate income for everyone, boosts funding for public services and tackles the climate emergency. This is organised by a coalition of over 90 trade unions, community groups and NGOs in Scotland, coming together to call for a greener, fairer future (as explained in this short video).

The main action that members of the public can take part in is a virtual lobby of your MSP. If you sign up here you will be sent a supporter guide and invited to two workshops and a Facebook group to connect with others who are taking part.

The coalition is encouraging arts and culture workers to take part in the Week of Action, as they believe the arts are an integral part of a vibrant, healthy society, can play a key role in a low carbon economy, and should be better supported to survive the current crisis. Recent months have seen many creative demonstrations from the culture sector, such as protests at Westminster by musicians and panto dames, the Take A Seat installations in Scotland’s theatres, and BECTU’s #CultureShock projection and #WeMakeEvents red alert light displays. If you would like to discuss an idea for a creative contribution to the November Week of Action, you can contact Kate at Friends of the Earth Scotland: kwhitaker@foe.scot

Case Study: Cultural Adaptations and 'embedding the imagination'

Three women in front of colourful mural, one explaining a point
Flanders Art Institute (Kunstenpunt) is seeking to stimulate the arts sector to contribute to the transition to a more sustainable society. In this article, artist Anyuta Wiazemsky Snauwaert talks about how the arts can contribute to climate adaptation, and her experience as an embedded artist in the Cultural Adaptations project.
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Case Study: Grid Iron on being adaptable and staying green in light of Covid-19

Up until 23rd March, Grid Iron were on track with planning for an outdoor Edinburgh Fringe show, Doppler.
In this case study, Finance and Development Manager Deborah Crewe writes about how Covid-19 and lockdown impacted on the company’s green production planning, and how they overcame some of the challenges.
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Good News Item


City of London pledges to reach net zero emissions by 2040. 

 
The City of London — the neighborhood that includes the U.K. capital’s financial district and historic sites like St. Paul’s Cathedral — has pledged to invest $88 million to zero out its carbon emissions by 2040.

The City’s
new climate action plan would require the financial district to eliminate all 1.7 million tons (1.6 million metric tons) of its carbon dioxide emissions in the next 20 years. The City will also devote more street space to walking and cycling and increase green roof area by 50 percent.

Most notably, the City has announced that it will not use offsets to help meet its goals, instead focusing on actually eliminating all carbon emissions at their source.

Shannon Osaka / read more on Grist.org

 

Welcome to our new Green Arts Members

This month we welcome Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh) and New Music Scotland (network across Scotland). Thanks for joining!
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