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Green tease: Disabled perspectives on climate and culture

Green tease: Disabled perspectives on climate and culture

Image of a placard with the slogan 'Disabled people for future!' and images of a wheelchair icon and a burning planet. Text reads: Disabled perspectives on climate and culture, Wednesday 22nd June 3-4.30pm, online, free.

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Disabled people tend to be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change such as flooding and heatwaves. At the same time, measures to mitigate climate change such as bans on plastic straws and active travel measures have been criticised for not considering disabled people’s requirements for daily living . This suggests that disabled should be involved in the process of planning climate policy and yet in a 2013 UN survey 85% of disabled people from 137 countries reported that they have not participated or been consulted in community disaster management processes.

Scotland’s arts and culture sector is working to become more environmentally sustainable and there is a need to ensure that this work is done in a way that is inclusive and responsive to disabled people’s requirements. Equally, arts and culture can provide a route for disabled people to participate in climate action and can raise awareness about how disabled people are impacted by climate change. Scotland has a thriving disability arts scene with many artistic practitioners and cultural organisations with valuable expertise to share on this topic.

This event will provide an opportunity to explore these issues in detail and develop ideas for how arts and culture can play a useful role in securing climate action that is anti-ableist and alive to the requirements and expertise of disabled people.

The event will start with contributions from our guest speakers:

  • Susie Fitton is Policy Manager at Inclusion Scotland a national Disabled People’s Organisation. She has an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies which focused on policy responses to climate change and approaches to conservation. She leads Inclusion Scotland’s work to promote disability equality in policy responses to the climate crisis in Scotland.
  • Thursa Sanderson, Chief Executive, and Bas Gentenaar, Administrator, from Drake Music Scotland. Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Their expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently.
  • Aidan Moesby explores civic and personal wellbeing bringing a nuanced and insightful approach to the emotional context of working with climate change and the deep inter-connectedness between the natural and social environments. As a curator, artist, writer and thinker he works nationally and internationally across physical and digital platforms.

This will be followed by discussion time where we will look at case studies on the interactions between disability, climate and culture and share our thoughts together.

This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.

Technical Information

The event will be held via Zoom. Please register on Eventbrite and you will receive an email on the day of the event with a link to join the online call via your internet browser or the Zoom app. To participate you need an internet connection and a device (a desktop, laptop, or tablet are preferable). If you have any problems, please get in touch with lewis.coenen-rowe@creativecarbonscotland.com.

We want to remove barriers to participation in these events and are happy to make adjustments to prevent people being excluded. If you have any accessibility requirements, please state these when signing up or get in touch by email if you would like to provide more information or ask any questions. Please see our Safe Working Spaces Statement for more information.

Image credit: Markus Spiske via Unsplash

About Green Tease

grey oblique lines growing darker, then a green line with an arrow pointing right and overlaid text reading 'culture SHIFT'The Green Tease events series and network is a project organised by Creative Carbon Scotland, bringing together people from arts and environmental backgrounds to discuss, share expertise, and collaborate. Green Tease forms part of our culture/SHIFT programme. 


June 22
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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