Opportunity: Imagining a Climate Ready Future: Cultural practices in place-making and social transformation

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Call for Arts and Humanities to join in a climate change conference and help shape thinking about our future

ECCA 2017 is Europe’s major conference on preparing for and resilience to climate change, and it’s happening in Glasgow from June 6th – 9th 2017. Creative Carbon Scotland, Sniffer and Future Earth Europe are keen to encourage artists and others working with culture and climate change to join in the conference. Your contribution can take any form that can be incorporated into the conference format: short performance, intervention, digital engagement or a traditional slide presentation. Surprise us!

The ECCA2017 website seeks contributions under Cross-cutting and Sectoral themes (see below). To ensure that audiences from other fields see the potential of culture in this area we are proposing to the selection committee two ‘sessions’ under the banners Arts and Place-making and Arts and Social Transformation, and encouraging them to spread arts and humanities contributions throughout the conference in relation to their theme. We therefore encourage you to propose contributions under one of the two banners as well as identifying one of the themes below which most closely matches your work. This will mean that the programme committee that assesses proposals will know to consider yours within one of the themes but also considers it alongside other contributions from the arts and humanities.

The deadline for proposals is 30 September. Please head to the ECCA2017 website for details of the submission process.

ECCA Cross-cutting themes

  • Evidence for action: data, climate services & communication
  • Planning ahead: delivering resilience in the face of climate uncertainty
  • Business and finance: mobilising investment in climate change adaptation and building low carbon, climate resilient economies
  • Making it happen: organisations, policy, governance, justice & ethics
  • Working together: co-production of knowledge between science, business, policy, practice and local communities
  • Adaptation in practice: case studies, monitoring, support tools and guidance
  • Global challenges: climate adaptation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Whole system sustainable solutions: acting across multiple sectors and scales

Sectoral themes

  • Urban, energy and infrastructure
  • Agriculture & forestry
  • Water security & flooding
  • Biodiversity, ecosystem services & nature-based solutions
  • Health & wellbeing

Our background rationale for calling to the Arts and Humanities to join us
The more extreme projections of climate change suggest that adaptation preparedness needs to go beyond incremental ‘change around the margins’ to curating transformed societies with resilience for a sustainable and climate ready future. Such high-end climate change brings altered growing seasons, flooding, drought and other extreme weather to which our local cities, our food chains, and our infrastructure, are mostly maladapted. Low-end climate change requires equally big changes for societal and technological transformation from high to zero to negative emissions. Both adapting to high-end and delivering on low-end climate change challenge all our values and preferences for a ‘steady state’ and require a large amount of hope and imagination. How are the arts and humanities helping to bring about these changes?

Asher Minns, Head of Communication Future Earth Europe

Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director Sniffer

Ben Twist, Director Creative Carbon Scotland

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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.

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