As part of #CleanAirDay this Thursday, weâ€™re excited to announce the details of a new collaboration between Creative Carbon Scotland, Glasgow charity Bike for Good and theatre-maker, Lewis Hetherington, as part of the Velocommunities project funded by the Scottish Governmentâ€™s Climate Challenge Fund.
Velocommunities will run between Spring 2018 and March 2020, supporting communities in Glasgowâ€™s Southside and West End to cycle in their local area and tackle climate change by reducing travel-related carbon emissions. The project wasÂ announced as the 1000thprojectÂ to be funded by the Climate Challenge Fund earlier this year.
City data shows that car driving is the â€˜go-toâ€™ transport mode in Glasgow, contributing to climate change, air pollution and poor health through inactivity. There are already significant infrastructure changes underway in the city to enable more active travel choices including theÂ South City Way. Alongside these developments, programmes such as Velocommunities support individuals and communities to overcome barriers and widen access to cycling, whilst increasing environmental awareness and carbon literacy.
Creative Carbon Scotland andÂ Lewis Hetheringtonâ€™sÂ role in Velocommunities will be to use theatre and video to document and explore Glasgowâ€™s transition to a more sustainable city. Weâ€™ll work with young people taking part in the project, who will be inheriting and shaping the city, to explore their visions of a Glasgow in which more sustainable modes of travel such as cycling are the mainstream.
This ability of the arts to imagine different potential futures and explore them through â€˜thought experimentsâ€™ with audiences and communities is one of the roles of the arts and cultural practices which weâ€™re interested in promoting and exploring through Creative Carbon Scotlandâ€™sÂ culture/SHIFT programme.
Over the course of the project Lewis will embed himself in activities being run by Bike for Goodâ€™sÂ Southside Community HubÂ and produce a film which captures the stories of individuals and groups engaging with the Hub, working with film-makerÂ Geraldine Heaney. The works produced will be shared at a range of events and weâ€™ll be posting updates on the project on ourÂ news pageÂ andÂ social media channels, so keep your eyes peeled!
If youâ€™re interested in finding out more about the project or Creative Carbon Scotlandâ€™s culture/SHIFT work then please get in touch atÂ email@example.com.
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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 publicâ€™s emotions, values and ideas.