On the 4th November Creative Carbon Scotland will host Imagine a different future: the arts shaping a sustainable Scotland. Two years ago we held the first of our very successful open meetings, when around 70 key people from the arts in Scotland gathered to talk about carbon management in the cultural sector. We’re now widening our focus to consider the role of the arts in growing a sustainable Scotland and hope the interesting thinkers and doers from throughout Scottish society will join us for the event.
We believe that low carbon thinking has the potential to drive innovation and creativity towards a more sustainable society overall – combining environmental, social and financial aims. In the arts and cultural worlds there are examples of people are finding exciting artistic opportunities and refreshing their organisations by thinking about sustainability. This high level workshop, aimed at artistic and cultural leaders, senior managers and policy-makers, will hear compelling stories from a Scottish festival management company about using a robust environmental sustainability policy to win new contracts, from leading theatre artist Nic Green about how sustainability drives her artistic work, and from Kenneth Fowler about Creative Scotland’s developing carbon policy.
We are holding the meeting at the newly opened Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, a partnership of Edinburgh’s universities and itself a marker of both the importance of this issue and the opportunities that it can bring. ECCI Director Andy Kerr will introduce the event and place the cultural sector’s work in the wider context of how low carbon thinking is driving innovation. We need your ideas and thoughts, so short presentations will be followed by time for questions and discussion. The event will take place from 2 – 4pm on Monday 4th November and is free to attend. Tickets can be reserved here.
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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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