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The newsletter circulated last Friday contained a broken link. The link to the key ideas and outcomes from the Green Arts Meetup on a Just & Green Recovery, in the second paragraph below, has now been fixed. Apologies! 

Welcome to the September newsletter.

Today sees another Global Climate Strike (albeit largely through online actions) led by young people, to remind us, and more importantly governments, that the climate emergency has not gone away. Here in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Climate Strikers have two demands for the Scottish Government: (1) Kickstart a program of public green job creation, and (2) No public money to fossil fuel developments. As we in the culture sector are well aware, we urgently need that money to go to other sectors and activities - those that progress the transition to a net zero carbon economy and promote wellbeing and quality of life - especially now when we are struggling with the impacts of coronavirus. This is the key idea behind the Just & Green Recovery campaign.

At the Green Arts August Meetup, we discussed this idea that the way our government, our sector and our organisations respond to Covid-19 should be consistent with the urgent needs to cut carbon and increase wellbeing and social justice, including diversity and inclusivity. We explored how the culture sector can play its part; you can read the key ideas and outcomes here.

I hope you are well, and that you will enjoy or benefit from the resources in this month’s Roundup.

- Amanda (

Events of the Month

Green Arts October Meetup: Open Forum Thurs 22 Oct, 10.00-11.00 

Join other members of the Green Arts community for an informal chat over a hot beverage; a chance to check in, share problems and ideas and learn what others are doing and planning. If possible, please come with an issue related to culture and climate, and possibly Covid, that you would like to discuss. (online event)

Green Tease Meetup: COP26: what is it? what's going on? and what can we do?  Mon 12 Oct, 19.00-20.30

Green Tease online meetups are a way for ecological and artistic minded people of all kinds to keep in touch. Each session has a rough theme for discussion but the conversation is usually wide ranging and open. (online event)

Global Launch of the Countdown Campaign Sat 10 Oct, 16.00-21.30

A global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The launch features an amazing selection of speakers, from actors and directors to Al Gore, and from novelists and songwriters to the architect of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres. (online event)

Session 1 starts at 4pm GMT (change the time zone in the drop-down menu)

Countdown logo. Says "We can change climate change"

Cultural Event of the Month

Take One Action Film Festival is presenting several films and discussions about climate change and other environmental problems, and their impacts on people around the world. Films are available until midnight on 27th September, but each film also has one or more designated live screening times with an interactive Q&A.

The Last Ice is a visually stunning portrait of two Inuit youth grappling with their future as their communities face the challenges of (neo)colonialism and climate change.

Watch this call-to-action conversation with guests including Maatalii Okalik (one of the film’s protagonists) and Gloria Isabel Garcia Parra from Oxfam International on challenging climate racism and colonialism, and raising indigenous voices to re-define their future on their own terms.

Resource of the Month

The Race to Zero is a global campaign mobilising leadership from businesses, cities, regions and investors ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021, when national governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement.
For organisations, climate leadership means having a plan to reduce emissions to net-zero in line with the latest science, and setting and achieving strong interim targets along the way. This site provides several tools to help you transform your organisation and reduce its footprint to net-zero.
Green Arts Case Study of the Month

This month’s case study is about new Green Arts member Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and their Climate House project, which reimagines the Garden’s Inverleith House as a gallery for the twenty-first century, exploring the future of our planet through art. Chris Fremantle of ecoartscotland conducted and wrote up this interview with Emma Nicolson, Head of Creative Programmes at RBGE. 

Opportunities for Green Arts Members

Callout for work for Global Online Gathering on COP26
Please share this with your networks, particularly with artists and makers:

The COP26 Coalition (network of UK civil society organisations working to influence the UN climate negotiations taking place in Glasgow in Nov 2021) is organising a Global Online Gathering for activists, artists and interested members of the public this November (12th-16th), on Zoom. They are looking for performances and storytelling related to climate change or climate action (1 hour max), either live-streamed or pre-recorded, to feature in the programme. Proposals (max 200 words) can be submitted at this link (deadline 29th Sep). There is some funding available, but artists from the global south will be prioritised for funding.

Edinburgh Talks Climate consultation
For Edinburgh-based members (or those with a stake in Edinburgh’s success in becoming net-zero by 2030), you can influence the Edinburgh Climate Commission and their recommendations to City of Edinburgh Council, by adding your ideas on topics such as Climate Change and Young People, Use of Parks and Greenspaces after Lockdown, and Cycling in the City, to the growing conversation at Edinburgh Talks Climate.

Glasgow Women's Library from the outside
Adaptation Resource of the Month

Organisations who submit Carbon Management Plans to City of Edinburgh Council will have noticed the new section on climate adaptation, and the question about whether your organisation has a climate adaptation strategy. If you are planning to develop an adaptation strategy for your organisation, a good place to start gathering ideas is this case study and report by University of Edinburgh students for the Glasgow Women’s Library on Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation. 

Articles and podcasts on arts, culture and environmental sustainability




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Modest Predicament (Glasgow) and Artists' Tuck Shop (Glasgow/Online).

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