Can we any longer justify our carbon footprint?

A person lying in a tree using a megaphone
11 May 2021

After a lifetime spent working in the arts across the world, Judith Knight considers the dilemma of meeting the demands of the climate emergency while retaining international collaborations.

An experimental museum to tackle the climate crisis

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11 May 2021

Organisations talk a big game about preventing climate change but what are they doing? Bridget McKenzie shares her experience of testing the way culture takes action.

Working towards greater environmental sustainability

Glyndebourne Opera House with its wind turbine in the background
11 May 2021

As cultural organisations are looking for new ways to reduce their carbon emissions, Kate Harvey reports on a remarkable 10 year journey which has led to excess energy generation being redirected to the National Grid.

Where earth’s spirit lies

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11 May 2021

Two years ago a group of artists and environmental activists launched Culture Declares Emergency. Lucy Neal and Kay Michael tell the story of the movement’s foundation and the momentum it has gathered since then.

Finding the words to write the climate

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11 May 2021

Poet and climate writer, Linda France shares how she is creating spaces for connection, discussion and personal reflection, encouraging us to respond to the climate emergency and see ourselves as part of the solution.

Sustainable development: are you doing your bit?

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01 Jul 2020

Light on resources and heavy on challenges – even before Covid-19 – the cultural sector can nonetheless take small, regular actions to support a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic. Simon Thompson proposes a way forward.

Cultural recovery should be “fair, just and green”, says climate action group

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16 Jun 2020

The revival of the sector should include targeted public investment, clear policy signals and the implementation of Climate Change Act obligations through the Cultural Renewal strategy.

What can cultural boards learn from climate activism?

18 Mar 2020

From job titles to meeting agendas, Debbie Bell explains why no stone is left unturned in her trustees’ approach to tackling the climate emergency.

When your audience is also part of the crew

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12 Mar 2020

Working with rural communities to stage small-scale performances is good for the arts, the environment and local people, writes Sophie Motley.

Can libraries deliver culture for all? ACE’s new strategy unveiled

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27 Jan 2020

Children, young people and libraries are central to the funder’s ambitions to enable everyone to benefit from creative and cultural opportunities.

NPOs carbon emissions: new report reveals good intentions but little change

23 Jan 2020

Research on NPOs’ environmental impact shows a shared commitment to sustainability - but the hard data suggests little has changed.

Stop demonising us, BP boss tells arts sector

12 Dec 2019

The Head of BP in the UK said the company’s sponsorship of the arts is helping to further the public debate on climate change.

Colston Hall plans to be carbon neutral by 2030

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15 Oct 2019

The concert venue is the first in the UK to commit to the target, which it describes as “ambitious but absolutely realistic”.

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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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21 Jun 2019

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

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