Green Arts Initiative Featured in Culture and Climate Change Handbook

15th December 2017

The World Cities Culture Forum has just launched its new ‘Culture and Climate Change Handbook for City Leaders’, citing the Green Arts Initiative as one of the key examples of how the cultural sector is becoming more ‘green’.

Case studies included in the handbook cover issues of reducing the environmental impact of the cultural sector, engaging the public in sustainability, and how the arts are playing a role in sustainable regeneration initiatives the world over! Alongside the Green Arts Initiative (as an example of how Edinburgh and Scotland have approached the challenge of climate change in this sector), the handbook also features:

  • how New York has re-purposed waste materials as artistic supplies.
  • how Amsterdam has developed its Cultural Venue Sustainability Action Plan
  • how Montreal has rehabilitated a formal landfill site into a cultural attraction.

The handbook is designed for civic leaders and cultural organisations, demonstrating the potential of the cultural sector to contribute to city-level sustainability. The Word Cities and Cultural Forum says:

Cities are on the front line of climate change. They generate over 80% of global GDP and more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Urban areas are already home to over half of the world’s population, projected to rise to two thirds by 2050. Rapid population growth, along with extreme weather events and sea level rise are putting increasing strain on city infrastructures.

City policymakers must act now. A recent report by C40 found that cities could deliver 40% of the carbon emission savings required to limit global temperature rise to the Paris Agreement target of 1.5°C. Existing action on climate change needs to be scaled up rapidly. Without immediate and committed action by cities, global temperatures will pass the point of no return.

Those interested in the creation and scaling of sustainability initiatives in the cultural sector will find the handbook particularly useful, as will those working within local authorities or government around cultural engagement with environmental sustainability!

Download the handbook, and find out more about other sustainability and cultural projects, here.


The Green Arts Initiative 6The Green Arts Initiative is our year-round community of practice for Scottish cultural organisaitons committed to reducing their environmental impact. Find out more (and join in!) here. 

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