Updates on the Coalition
Coalition’s work noted in ELM, EU Lifelong Learning Magazine
Bridget McKenzie isn’t taking any chances. She’s recently linked up with a Canadian initiative called Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice.
They are looking at the concept of “activist museums”, an approach that would see the cultural sector transform from an institutional top down model to a grass roots up model. They think this will aid the existing power that “cultural institutions have to inform the public about challenging issues, how museums add to the political power of a city and how we can ensure that culture is open to all.”
Bridget McKenzie is enthusiastic about these ideas: “I want to support a coalition of cultural organisations across Europe working for climate justice, inspired by the new Canadian coalition,” she says, “so that UK museums can do more to involve the community in developing programmes, so that they are relevant to a shifting world”.
Alberta Museums Association to take action on climate change in new partnership with the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (CMCJ)to support Alberta museums in taking an active role in the fight against climate change. Through this partnership the AMA and the CMCJ will develop a series of educational tools to support and empower museums across the province to address environmental sustainability and understand their role in mitigating climate change.
Word’s Getting Around
Canadian Museums Association executive director John G. McAvity wrote this op-ed on climate change in the Vancouver Sun for Ocean Awareness Week, note the shout-out to the Coalition in the 7th paragraph!
Coalition at the Canadian Museums Association Conference, Ottawa
- The Coalition held its first meeting at the British Columbia Museums Association Conference last October 2016, where the mission, goals and priorities were initially developed.
- A national Advisory Group of six Coalition members is now in place to provide overall governance and share the work. Members of the Advisory Group are Chris Castle (Ontario), Joy Davis (BC), David Jensen (BC), René Rivard (Quebec), Naomi Grattan (Alberta) and Robert Janes (Alberta). We intend to expand this group as the work increases.
- A funding request was sent to the new federal department of Environment and Climate Change, and discussions are underway. A funding request was also made to the Alberta Museums Association to produce a three-part video series on museums and climate change, including a budget for a Coalition website.
- Publicity about the Coalition includes an interview in the BCMA publication Round Up, an interview in the Museum of Anthropology’s Magazine, and a Commentary in Nature – the most prestigious scientific journal in the world.
- There is a new initiative by several BC Coalition members to collaborate on a temporary exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology. This exhibition will focus on “Earth, Sea and Sky” from the perspective of each participating museum, with an emphasis on responsibility and sustainability.
- We now have Facebook and Twitter accounts: Facebook Group Page – Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice https://www.facebook.com/groups/MuseumsforClimateJustice/ Twitter Account – @CanMuseClimeJust https://twitter.com/CanMusClimeJust
- We have received expressions of interest in the Coalition from eight countries.
- All the work done to date has been voluntary.