One of Creative Carbon Scotland’s five strategic objectives is to influence the ‘structures’ that shape the cultural sector so that they support and encourage individuals and organisations to engage with climate change. We work with organisations that create those structures to use their funding, training opportunities and other means to increase environmental sustainability in the cultural sector itself. We offer various training days and free tools on our website (for example our new Carbon Management Planning tool, which is currently in its development stage) to support organisations in their efforts to become more sustainable.
As part of this work, CCS Director Ben Twist will be taking part in Enterprise Music Scotland’s 2017 event Train and Sustain, working with chamber music ensembles and musicians across Scotland. This builds on work Ben has done with EMS over the last year delivering training sessions for the EMS Board and Promoters.
Train and Sustain provides professional training in delivering music workshops followed by placements allowing participants to put their new skills into practice. At this event, participants will work with Ben Twist on the sustainability of their own practices, as well as with Alec Thompson-Miller (ACE Voices Aberdeen) and Sonia Cromarty (High Heels and Horse Hair/Transplanted) to explore outdoor learning and look at ways in which music can help children connect with nature and the environment.
We want to encourage sustainable behaviour throughout the cultural sector. That’s why we run workshops throughout the year aiming to reach as many people as possible to share tools and strategies for sustainability Our regular Green Tease events are a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and practices that build links between the arts and sustainability: if you’re in the north or the south, check out our Ullapool and Hawick events on 19 August and 8 September respectively.
Image credit: 2013 Enterprise Music Scotland
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About Creative Carbon Scotland:
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.