ACE urged to declare climate emergency as RSC severs BP ties

02 Oct 2019

Protesters say the funder’s draft strategy “neither addresses the urgency of the climate and ecological emergency, nor grasps the chance to trumpet boldly the pivotal role arts and culture play in bringing about societal changes”.

Defending BP sponsorship: is it "for the public good"?

01 Oct 2019

Chris Garrard dissects the public comments made by cultural leaders on the issue of ethical sponsorship. 

How can we make festivals greener?

Protesters stopping traffic holding a 'Rebel for life' banner
19 Sep 2019

Festivals can have all the recycling schemes and sustainable policies in the world, but it’s getting workforce and attendees on board that will really make a difference, writes Damon Culbert.

Arts and culture workers join climate strike

Photo of a climate strike
17 Sep 2019

National Theatre staff say the protest is “the beginning of a discussion in which we will push for our theatre to divest from big oil sponsorship”.

Introducing ACE’s new investment principles

A photo of a theatrical performance in the grounds of a country house
05 Sep 2019

It’s not unreasonable to expect organisations funded by the public to be relevant to their communities and stakeholders, argues Simon Mellor.

Real change happens from the ground up

A photo of a protest march with women holding signs
29 Aug 2019

Top-down programmes will never bring about meaningful change, says Cath Hume – so it’s time for arts organisations and funders to shift their approach.

New scheme shines spotlight on NPOs’ carbon footprint

Photo of the National Theatre
21 Jun 2019

A three-year programme for high-profile, higher-polluting arts organisations aims to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 20%.

Artists must ‘tell the truth’ about the climate emergency

Extinction Rebellion campaign sticker
21 Mar 2019

Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre Wales are among the organisations calling for a creative response to the looming ecological crisis.

Listening to children on climate change

Photo of Cap-a-Pie cast member working with a group of young school children
07 Mar 2019

What does climate change mean to the generation it will impact most? Brad McCormick explains how primary schoolchildren have been working with climate scientists to develop their own play.

Time to make a noise

Photo of Participants of the second Creative Climate Leadership course, Slovenia October 2017. Creative Climate Leadership is led by Julie's Bicycle and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
14 Feb 2019

Tackling the climate crisis will require rapid and unprecedented change. Chiara Badiali asks whether the sector has what it takes to meet the challenge.

Generating a real buzz

Photo of beehives on top of the Lyric Hammersmith
14 Feb 2019

The Lyric Hammersmith keeps 180,000 bees on its roof as part of its continuing commitment to going green. Sian Alexander tells the story.

Imagining a better future

Photo of an interactive installation, a group of people meet around cardboard tables
14 Feb 2019

Without creative thinking, society will sleepwalk into a climate disaster. The arts have a crucial role to play in inspiring, challenging and provoking us into action, says Judith Knight.

Connecting urban children with nature

Photo of a man and woman leading outdoor workshop about trees to young children
14 Feb 2019

Megg Nicol and Alan Rickett explain how a musical has helped raise awareness of the importance of trees among London primary school pupils.

A major blind spot

Photo of The sedum roof at the Young Vic, part of the passive low energy rebuilding project by Haworth Tompkins
14 Feb 2019

Very few theatres were built with today's sustainability standards in mind. The sector needs to face up to the financial and environmental costs of running old buildings, warns Tom Stickland.

Into the unknown

Photo of a man playing a broom converted into a flute
10 Jan 2019

A touring exhibition in Hong Kong is encouraging young people to change the way they think about sustainability, writes Joego Chan.

Also this week...

A woman surrounded by blocks of ice
14 Dec 2018

As Tate Modern's latest art installation starts to melt away, AP's Jonathan Knott reflects on how art can play a role in tackling environmental challenges.

Energy reductions have saved NPOs £16.5m in six years

Photo of light switch
23 Nov 2018

Environmentally-friendly changes to buildings and activity have cut energy consumption at England’s funded arts organisations by almost a quarter since 2012.

Are we at last taking environmental issues more seriously?

Photo of dancer with juggling balls
15 Mar 2018

New research reveals a growing engagement with sustainability and other environmental issues in the arts sector – beyond the financial benefits. Chiara Badiali shares the findings.

Arts leaders more engaged in environmental action

Photo of Zena Edwards
09 Mar 2018

New research by Julie’s Bicycle finds arts organisations are saving money and boosting their reputations by adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

Energy usage down as arts embrace green funding agreements

Photo of girl blowing orange powder off hand
07 Nov 2017

England’s National Portfolio Organisations are reporting lower costs and wider benefits from environmental policies and action plans aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

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