The 2017 report looks back at the work of the Green Arts community over the past year, and the incredible work being undertaken by members to reduce their carbon emissions and to make sustainability a core part of their work.
Findings from the annual survey of members found that, more than ever, cultural organisations are exploring new and innovative ways of tackling issues of sustainability and climate change – in a huge variety of art forms (including the performing arts, visual arts, literature, film-making, heritage conservation and community arts).
“As part of our project Climavore: On Tidal Zones, we currently have nearly 800 oysters
in an oyster table in the Bayfield area of Portree. Each oyster can, on average, filter 120 litres of polluted water a day – so that means our oysters are filtering approximately 96,000 litres a day!”
ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye
Green Arts community members are also mindful of the impact they have on our local and global environment, considering their own carbon footprint, and how to change their behaviour to reduce it:
“This year, we switched our recycling provider, utilising an on-demand service that better enabled us to keep track of how much waste we needed collected. This allowed us to lower the emissions of our recycling uplifts as we only got recycling collected as needed and therefore saved on transport emissions related to uplifts.”
GMAC Film, Glasgow
The report is launched on the first ever #GreenArts day – a celebration of sustainability in the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland! Take a look at the #GreenArts hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for an insight into the work of our members.
200th Member Celebrated
The day also commemorates the milestone of the community reaching its 200th member! After beginning in 2013 with 20 cultural organisations and venues in Edinburgh, the Green Arts Initiative now has 200 member organisations, spanning Stornoway and Stromness to Wigtown and Dumfries. Literature organisation Moniack Mhor joined the initiative in February 2018, marking the 200th member participating in the Green Arts community. Already strongly committed to sustainability, they built their own eco-studio several years ago. You can read our new case study on their work here.
The Green Arts Initiative is Scotland’s community of cultural organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact, and increasing their environmental sustainability. It is supported by carbon-neutral printing company, PR Print and Design.
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.