You might begin a process of reflection in your organisation by sharing knowledge about current initiatives and ideas on culture, climate change, ecology and social justice.
What are people aware of? What has influenced them? Where are the gaps? What is needed to provide resources, guidance and networking around this great task of change?
Here are some projects to tap into, or inspiring examples of organisations:
Artdotearth: A family of arts and ecology organisations centred around the South West of England – a great website promoting many residencies and exhibitions.
Arts Catalyst: Contemporary art about our changing world, science and environment.
Art Not Oil: A coalition of campaigners resisting sponsorship by oil companies
Cambridge Centre for Curiosity and Imagination: Focus on early years, creativity and the environment
Culture Unstained: Research and engagement on oil sponsorship of culture
Cape Farewell: Artist journeys to environments that strongly indicate climate change
Centre for Contemporary Art in the Natural World: Commissions, research and exhibitions exploring ecology. Based in Exeter
CIWEM Arts & Environment Network: Research and arts projects on water and broader environmental topics
Climate Revolution: Backed by Vivienne Westwood, supporting creative activism against climate change
Culture Shift: How artists are responding to sustainability in Wales
Dark Mountain Project: A network of artists and writers who have stopped believing the stories civilisation tells us
Encounters Arts: Participatory creativity, dialogue and change projects in the South West
The Enoughness Project: Indigenous knowledge
Happy Museum: A network of museums exploring wellbeing through an environmental frame
Invisible Dust: Curation of high quality environmental contemporary art projects
Julie’s Bicycle: Guidance and frameworks to green the cultural sector, and in UK, to meet sustainability requirements of the Arts Council
Morning Boat: A floating lab for research and action about ecology
Open Jar Collective: Socially engaged arts collective
Platform London: Well-researched resources and campaigns on oil industry, economy and the arts
Stories of Change: OU research project on cultures and narratives of climate change
And here are some pinboards of many ideas for cultural responses:
Ideas for ecological innovation e.g. green product design that could be used in ethical enterprise, or promoted through your programmes
Ideas for Connecting Actions, or cultural interventions to increase empathy and compassion
Ideas for activism, using creative ideas to make a stand or be noticed
Ideas for projects to creatively communicate climate change (prepared for the Climate Hack run by Cambridge Museums)
Design ideas for taking culture on the road or out into the public realm (e.g. pop up museums)
Visual resources about ecocide and the impacts of climate change