“Encouraging, example-packed and comprehensive this gets to the heart of the question ‘why arts and sustainability?’ This report articulates both the need and the possibility for embedding sustainability in the arts, which it becomes clear are the same need and possibility for embedding the arts in society. Just like art, sustainability is not something to add to our lives, it is inherent in our lives.” -Ben Twist on Culture Shift
The report draws attention to how a growing number of artists are leading a paradigm shift in values and relationships around access to future resources, with the aims that the work conducted by these artists will be able to inform the future of policy-making. Working as a comprehensive review of innovative research as well as a call to action, Culture Shift is a valuable resource for redefining the possibilities of art as a major social influencer.
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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