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Applications now open for Humanities Fellowships with the Climate Museum

– January 20, 2020

A few weeks ago The Climate Museum announced the generous grant they received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish two humanities fellowships. These fellows will work with Museum staff and partners to develop public programs exploring the many ways in which the climate crisis is a social justice crisis. As always, their goal with this programming will be to inspire broad public engagement and action.

Do you know a humanities scholar who may be interested in joining the Climate Museum team?

The application deadline for both positions is March 15. 


Welcome to Ki Culture!

– November 28, 2019

Ki Culture is a social impact non-profit organization dedicated to all things sustainability and cultural heritage.

Ki Culture is here to unite the cultural heritage sector and sustainability. To bring together all the incredible work that is going on around the world, to create original programming to help implement sustainable practices and empower cultural heritage practitioners.

Cultural heritage offers a unique opportunity. To become leaders in the transition to a sustainable future, and to effectively engage the public in sustainability and drive real change.

They are here to help this transition. To create a united force and tackle the issue holistically. To show that we can do it, and to finally answer the question how.


Hlk’yak’ii: To start a fire – Call for Artists

– November 27, 2019

Eco-Art: Interactive Map launched

– November 27, 2019

Bear Falling Through Rotten Ice (Arctic Angst) – Bill Nasogaluak – NWT Canada

The time has finally come for the launch of the Eco-Art: Interactive Map! The Dalhousie Education for Sustainability Research Group is excited to be sharing a growing record of Eco-Art projects around the world.

You can explore the map web-page here.  


Greening the Gallery

Amid growing worries about the climate crisis, are cultural institutions doing enough to shrink their ecological footprint?

– November 22, 2019

A beekeeper on the rooftop of the Atlantic Avenue Art Block, which houses Calgary’s Esker Foundation. (photo courtesy of Alvéole)

The Global Climate Strike last September rallied millions of people around the world in loud and urgent calls for action on the climate crisis. Much more quietly, art galleries and other cultural institutions in Western Canada have been taking actions to make their own venues greener. 

On the rooftop of the building that houses Calgary’s Esker Foundation, a hive of honeybees is managed by a team from Alvéole, an urban beekeeping company. The bees boost pollination in the inner city neighbourhood and were the catalyst for a gallery talk last summer about beekeeping.

Meanwhile, the Alberta Craft Council has started using paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council – meaning it comes from responsible sources that meet strict environmental standards – when it publishes Alberta Craft magazine three times a year.

International scientists agree overwhelmingly that the world is facing a climate crisis caused by humans. Katharine Hayhoe, the director of the Climate Centre at Texas Tech University, doesn’t mince words. “The data tells us the planet is warming,” she says. “The science is clear that humans are responsible. The impacts we’re seeing today are serious. And our future is in our hands.” 


#MuseumsFacingExtinction

– November 21, 2019

The pilot event of Museums Facing Extinction, designed by We Are Museums, happened at Futurium on Thursday November 21! Friday’s and Saturday’s (22-23 Nov) speeches and workshops will be streamed online via their Facebook page.

Follow the hashtag #MuseumsFacingExtinction on social media for live tweets and posts.


Canada, Climate Change and Education: Opportunities for Public and Formal Education

– November 15, 2019

Dr. Ellen Field, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University and Learning for a Sustainable Future have collaborated on the implementation of a national climate change education survey. 

The nationwide study of 3,196 Canadians entitled, Canada, Climate Change and Education: Opportunities for Public and Formal Education, establishes benchmarks  of Canadians’ knowledge and understanding of climate change, their perspectives on the importance of climate change and its risks, and views on the role of schools and climate change education. It also provides the first comprehensive snapshot of climate change educational practice in Canada.  The results are presented both nationally and from provincial/regional jurisdictions.  


Some Canadian Arts Institutions Support Climate Strike—but More Sector Action Is Needed, Expert Says

– October 2, 2019

Student Maddy Phillips has been putting a focus on waste at Emily Carr University of Art and Design University in Vancouver. She says she’s encouraged by the school’s climate strike efforts, but says more is needed. Photo: Perrin Grauer / Emily Carr University.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets across Canada last week for the Global Climate Strike, calling for widespread action on climate change.

Art was visible at many of the protests. Banners made from freely downloadable templates by Onaman Collective artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, for instance, were seen at marches in Victoria, Montreal and Vancouver, among other locations.

But how did Canadian arts institutions participate or show support? It varied.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver cancelled classes for the strike. “We know that many of you care deeply about this global priority and have taken action in your daily lives. Some of you have created work that engages with pressing environmental concerns, or have produced research that tackles questions about the future of our planet,” observed ECUAD president Gillian Siddall in a statement.


Global survey: climate change activities in museums & museum networks 2016-19

– October 17, 2019

Around the world, in local communities, in networks and together, many museums are already contributing to climate change education, empowerment and action, contributing to the aims of the Paris Agreement. Many museums don’t even realize they are doing this, or don’t have opportunities to share their work in this area. This short questionnaire aims to help them to do so, by gathering individual experiences to understand museums’ collective impact. 
 
In June 2019, the United Nations repeated the importance of education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international co-operation to achieve the Paris Agreement. These 6 areas are referred to as Action for Climate Empowerment. They also recognized the key role that a broad range of specific stakeholders, including cultural institutions and museums, play in Action for Climate Empowerment.
 
In 2020, Action for Climate Empowerment and the Doha Work Programme (2012-20, which focused on public education and involvement) will be reviewed by the United Nations, to share information on activities and results, best practices, lessons learned and emerging gaps and needs, as well as recommendations and views on future work to enhance Action for Climate Empowerment.

This questionnaire is intended to:
1. Help empower museum workers, museums, museum networks and their partners to connect their work with the Paris Agreement, and

2. To gather information that can contribute to a submission to the review of the Doha Work Programme, to be submitted by February 2020, so that

3. The United Nations, who set the future work programme, are aware of the potential and contribution of museums to Action for Climate Empowerment.

 

Global Climate Strike 2019

– September 19, 2019

This September, millions of people will walk out of their workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

Find out more and join the Climate Strikes today!


 

The Climate Museum: Join us this weekend at Governors Island!

– July 26, 2019

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Raise your voice and be heard with thousands taking action at our exhibition on Governors Island! Explore solutions, barriers to progress, and five specific actions you can take with others to create a better future, all at our show Taking Action at Nolan Park House 18 at Governors Island! Hours can be found here.

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Stop by the NYC Poetry Festival at Colonels Row this Sunday, 7/28 from 11:00am – 5:00pm! Building on our recent work with climate poetry and performance, we will have a table at the event this year. Together, we will create a collective poem about the climate crisis and how we can respond to make a better future—come contribute a line!


The Climate Museum: Taking Action

– July 18, 2019

e62a3584-5b27-46e0-8021-0f0135d60009When it comes to the climate crisis, the majority of people in the United States are worried but inactive. We also tend to underestimate the public consensus that already exists on climate. Finally, because the problem exists on a global scale, it is easy to feel powerless about addressing it. While this dynamic has changed dramatically in a hopeful way over the last year, the self-reinforcing cycle of passivity and silence remains largely intact. Taking Action is an exhibition intended to help reverse this cycle by providing guidance and support on specific civic actions we can take together for climate progress. It is staffed largely by high school volunteers inspired to share information about climate solutions, barriers to their implementation, and effective civic engagement.The show as a whole is inspired by the transformational youth climate movement, which invites all of us to take a fresh look at the imperative of breaking with business as usual, both in the world and in our own minds. Together we can and must move forward by taking action.Taking Action is located on beautiful Governors Island, home to many other innovative cultural and environmental programs.

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July Special Events

Climate Change Birthday Party
Saturday, July 27, 2019 (TBD) – Save the date! More details to come. 
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New Climate Museum for the UK

– June 18, 2018

Not before time, Bridget McKenzie has decided to found a Climate Museum for the UK. This will be a mobile museum creatively stirring a response to the climate emergency and our threatened biosphere. The first rule of Climate Museum UK is talk about climate change! So, it will be an experimental kind of museum explicitly designed to encourage talk about climate justice and all our futures, aiming to get over whatever causes us to put up barriers to this overwhelming subject.

Prototyping Event

At its core will be a touring or replicable display including:

  • The past: the history of humans, and systems that have led to exploitation of other humans and the biosphere
  • The present: contemporary testimonies and responses to climate change
  • The future: scenarios of future possibilities, both negative and positive.

Around this display will be a programme of training and participatory activities for the hosting partners, generating more local or topical material to add to each installation of Climate Museum UK. This material will feed into an expanding digital presence.

Also, around the organisation will be some broader projects, which hosting partners can tap into. These include a Big Green Game to inspire families to green their lives; a resource to inspire young people to litigate for climate justice; and the continuation of the Everyday Ecocide project.

Although based in the UK, the aim is for Climate Museum UK to play a role in international museum networks, and broader global initiatives working towards designing regenerative cultures and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, such as UN Live.

One trigger to set this up was news about a worsening climate situation, after coming back from a course on Creative Climate Leadership run by Julie’s Bicycle, when I decided I had to create something tangible and involving others. Then I attended the Manchester symposium on Museums and Climate Change (April 2018) where I met some of the Climate Museum NY team. Miranda Massie said she was astounded that nobody had taken the Climate Museum name, and as they were happy for others to use it elsewhere, I decided to go ahead.

For now, this is a personal passion project, but within days of announcing my intention many people asked if they could help, offering space for activities or content ideas. I really hope there will be more people alongside me, or even taking over.

What can you do?

I hope you are excited about this, and if you want to contribute, here are some things to do:

  • Follow @ClimateMuseumUK on Twitter. You could tweet at me about items or stories that could belong in a Climate Museum collection or display.
  • If you’re not far from London, book to attend a prototyping workshop on 20th July
  • Respond to the online questionnaire about how Climate Museum UK can respond to professional needs. I particularly want to hear from museums or culture workers who haven’t been very involved in climate or environmental issues.
  • Or you can connect on the website, or email me on climatemuseumuk@gmail.com
  • Do let me know if you want to be added to a mailing list for occasional email news. (Because of GDPR rules I can’t add you without your consent.)

Bridget McKenzie

Bridget McKenzie is director of Flow Associates and now founder of Climate Museum UK


Get ready! AMA publishes new guide to emergency preparedness

— May 14, 2018

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The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) has just published HELP! An Emergency Preparedness Manual for Museums (2nd Edition). It comes out of provincial funding, provided following the historic flooding Alberta experienced in June 2013.

I remember it vividly.

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Flooding in Calgary, Alberta, June 21, 2013. The operations manager for the National Music Centre updates first responders from the street outside the museum. Photo: Jason Tawkin

At the time, I helped lead Calgary’s National Music Centre’s flood response, which remains the hardest challenge of my life – personal, professional, physical. We moved 163 pianos in 6 days. We were without power for weeks. We had to move our staff operations to another office space, so they could keep payroll going (thanks to ATB for providing that). On top of this, my home was also flooded, and I couldn’t return to it until mid-August. Many more of the details of that time I’ve happily forgotten, though I haven’t forgotten the smell.

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Volunteers remove damaged materials belonging to the National Music Centre from basement storage. Photo: Chad Schroter-Gillespie

Through much of last fall, I helped the AMA with the marketing for this book, and so wanted to make sure this community of readers who are so engaged with climate change, and all it entails for our sector, were aware of it.

The new edition, edited by Crystal Willie, includes lots of useful and practical tools such as templates and checklists, as well as eight case studies. Many of the resources provided in the book will be available as free downloads that readers can customize and adapt to their organizations.

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The material in the book has been peer reviewed by experts, so I trust it will serve as a handy and practical guide for the sector. The PDF attached AMA_HELP_Info_Sheet includes more detail, and you can purchase it from the AMA’s website.

— Submitted by Naomi Grattan, CMCJ Advisory Group Member

 


Alberta Museums Association, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice launch “Museums and the Climate Challenge” Video

https://youtu.be/dHZaLOiMcnU
April 12, 2018

Edmonton, Alberta – The Alberta Museums Association (AMA), and the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (CMCJ), in partnership with Shadow Light Productions, are excited to announce the launch of a new video – “Museums and the Climate Challenge.” This video is the first in a three-part series that will raise awareness of this vital issue and support the global museum community in taking an active role in the fight against climate change. It shares real-life examples of ideas, programs, and services aimed at or implemented by museums regarding climate change or the environment. These practical ideas solidify the concept of museums as agents of change and places of engagement within their communities. With the ideas and tools provided in this video, museums will be able to make changes and engage in a broader dialogue with their communities around these important issues.

“We are thrilled to release this video and provide pragmatic tools and ideas that can be integrated into museums across Alberta and beyond” says Meaghan Patterson, Alberta Museums Association Executive Director / CEO. “The video series aligns with our belief that museums are agents of social change and should be actively creating spaces where dialogue, contemplation, and critical thought about society’s pressing issues can occur. This video, and those that follow, will help spark those dialogues.”

Robert R. Janes, the Founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice, notes:

As deeply trusted, knowledge-based social institutions, museums of all kinds are ideally placed to foster individual and community participation in the quest for workable solutions to our global problems – including climate change. This video, and ones to follow, will help point the way. The AMA’s courage and commitment have been instrumental in the collaborative production of this video, as have been the creative contributions of Shadow Light Productions.

In a time of increased concern with environmental sustainability, museums can encourage communities to examine how they interact with and care for the environment. With the information provided in these educational videos, museums across Alberta will be equipped to engage in a broader dialogue with their communities and inspire people to take action to combat climate change and build a more sustainable future.

Background

The Alberta Museums Association provides a variety of programs and services to over 500 museums and museum professionals across Alberta. Through its focus on community engagement, social responsibility, and sustainability, the AMA utilizes its funding, accreditation, awards, and professional development opportunities to help institutions affect real social and environmental change in their communities. The AMA believes that museums can leverage their positions as trusted institutions to encourage respectful dialogue, provide educational opportunities, and bring awareness to some of society’s most pressing issues.
The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice mobilizes and supports Canadian museum workers and their organizations in building public awareness, mitigation and resilience to address climate change. The Coalition welcomes participation from people who are employed within Canadian museums and other cultural institutions, along with those who work in support of museums in Canada and around the world, including board members, volunteers, consultants, students, scholars and public servants.
Shadow Light Productions Ltd was established with lead partners, Doug Latimer and Rachel Gauk in 2003 to produce commercial and educational content, documentaries and Public Service Announcements for television and clientele. SLP are also specialists in creating and coordinating large scale video projects (like their Raising Our Healthy Kids collection of over 70 short, snappy English and French health-based videos, in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and the Dietitians of Canada, airing on CTV).

For more information:

Meaghan Patterson
Executive Director / CEO
Alberta Museums Association
780.424.2626 x.231
mpatterson@museums.ab.ca

Robert R. Janes
Founder and Co-Chair
Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice
Canmore, Alberta
403.678.2117
r.pjanes@telus.net


Updates on the Coalition

December 11, 2017

Notes from the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Session at the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) Annual Conference inVictoria, B.C., Canada on October 6, 2017 at The Robert Bateman Centre

Theme : Art, Science & Indigenous Knowledge –  a multi-disciplined perspective on addressing climate change.

Session Facilitators: David Jensen (Co-Chair), Peter Ord (Host)

Presenters:

Agenda:

  • 9 am : Welcome & acknowledgements
  • 9:05am: Background context of CMCJ
  • 9:10am : Presentation outline & introductions
  • 9:15am : First presenter – Barbara Wilson
  • 9:30am : Second presenter – Dr. Kate Moran
  • 9:45am : Third presenter – Robert Bateman
  • 10:00am : Audience discussion/Q&A
  • 10:45am : Session wrap – items for action
  • 11am – End

Introduction & Welcome (Peter Ord)

Focus and background on addressing role of climate justice through multi-disciplinary approach represented by Art, Science and Traditional Knowledge (ASK) perspectives.

Background context of Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (David Jensen)

Purpose of This Session:

  • To raise awareness about the existence and work of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice.
  • To provide an art, science and indigenous knowledge perspective on climate change
  • To stimulate reflection and action about the role of museums in addressing climate change awareness, mitigation, and community resilience.
  • To recruit new members for the Coalition and broaden our base of support and influence.

Speaker : Barbara Wilson Kii’iljuus

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Haida perspectives:

  • Focus on the role of cedar trees.
  • Loss of traditional foods – fish.
  • Impact on whales – they have difficulty finding food so need to address impact on forage fish sustainability.
  • Issue of rising water levels and impact on the land – for example impact on cemetery on Graham Island, and on old settlement of Old Masset. Impact on Poles and built heritage of traditional sites.
  • Viewed through evidence of traditional knowledge, see witnessing of more frequent and stronger storms.
  • Focus is on how to live sustainably over the long term. For example, making design changes of solar panels and heat exchanges on public buildings like Heritage Centre.
  • Importance of respect & responsibility for making changes – there exists limited window of opportunity.
  • Role of human rights and engagement by governments at all levels.
  • Importance of role played by revival of traditional laws.

Speaker : Dr. Kate Moran (Oceans Network Canada ONC)

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Dr. Kate Moran, Oceans Network Canada
  • ONC focus on interpreting Paleo-Artic ocean studies and witnessing of mass extinctions during certain periods.
  • Based on record, see pace of present day climate change faster than in the past.
  • Can see visuals and record of 5th mass extinction (Cretaceous-Paleogene) from 65 million years ago as comparison.
  • What’s needed? Important role to be played by engineers.
  • Video screening of sperm whale from deep sea camera and excited impact on scientists viewing – importance of nature’s ability to excite. Reference to Fish Eye live streaming project for schools to see life under water.
  • Reference to inspiring talk by former astronaut Mark Garneau – viewing beauty and majesty of ocean from space. Fact that 90% of life on earth lives near, under or on ocean is reflection of importance. Also, 1/3 of CO2 and ½ of surface heat absorbed by oceans.
  • Importance of partnering with museums – ONC provide kits for ocean exploration. In addition, ONC work with First Nations on ‘knowledge cards’.
  • Need for science to show data beyond just graphs. Need scientists to articulate their feelings about climate change beyond facts – need to articulate ‘hopes’.
  • Need to understand whole story of how climate change impacts the environment.
  • Adaptive knowledge is a community need.
  • Role of expressing climate change beyond simple Keeling Curve (measurement of increasing CO2 change since 1950). Also express changes through paleo-history curve.

Speaker : Robert Bateman

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  • Most important activity for people is to get to know their neighbours – ie. natural neighbours like species.
  • Two important effects of climate change on communities : Need to pay for adaptation to changes to environment that are coming (ie. financial, social, political costs); and the need to notice changes (ie. pay attention to the world around us – be aware).
  • Robert relates importance of museums to his own upbringing – example of ‘living’ at Royal Ontario Museum as teenager.
  • Starting life as a twelve year-old birder has influenced is life. Magic of nature taught at a young age.
  • Art opens the eyes to things beyond our own prejudice.

Questions from the floor:

1. How are people to handle changes brought by Climate Change?
  • Example of costs; privileged people in west don’t see impact but poorer nations and communities will bear most of the impact. Need to address how to make this fair.
  • Need to look at ourselves in the mirror. Address role of cities to make changes (ie. ecological footprint).
  • Role to be played by museums in addressing ecological/sustainable practices & responsibilities.
2. Public don’t seem to understand issues of climate Change – not properly addressed in education system or at adult level. How to address?
  • One way to address is to articulate goals of One World society (ie. to resource lifestyle of western world need 3 Worlds).
  • Address through understanding of ‘constant change’ as a constant factor in our lives.
  • Example of kids now dictating consumption patterns of family based on education (ie. role of electronic car).
3.What is the role of museums in public education?
  • Museums have opportunity to bring new perspectives.
  • Museums need to build partnership beyond usual go-to partners.
  • Example of bringing botanist Nancy Turner to create indigenous plant exhibit at Haida Gwaii reflecting link to inside and outside.
  • Simple – reduce ecological footprint.
  • Anecdote by Kate Moran of asking university students where their water comes from and where their poop goes. Poor response.
  • Real issue is adaptation – how do we address this?
  • The earth will adapt and is fine – it is humans who will ultimately suffer.
  • Need to work with informal educators and speakers to spread the word.
  • Issue of moral duty of museums as they are publicly funded. Obligation is ours.
4.How do we best educate?
  • Connect to teachers; example of Fish Eye underwater streaming project.
  • Example of Bob Ballard; appealing to health of children is best way to open political purse strings.
  • Need legislative combination of taxes & subsidies to work as stick and carrot respectively.
  • Or run for public office and walk the talk!
  • Role of wastefulness of museums and galleries – when exhibit is finished everything is thrown into landfill! Need to be sustainable & recycle.

Actions items as result of overall discussions:

  • BCMA and CMA need to create an Environmental Award for Best Practices (in exhibits, operations etc)
  • Create BCMA and CMA materials exchange (ie. mounts for recycling online). Also shipping exchange – share transport of materials/exhibits
  • Creation of a museum LEEDS standard.

September 21, 2017

Notes from the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Introductory Session at the Alberta Museums Association / Western Museums Association Conference

Edmonton, Alberta

 Co-Chairs:    Robert R. Janes, David Jensen

Facilitator:     Naomi Grattan

Recorder:      Alexandra Hatcher

  1. What are we, as museum workers and their organizations, currently doing to build public awareness in the face of climate change?
  • Museums are touching on issues, but this is limited through programming and exhibits
  • We need to recognize what is being done and model that behaviour / actions
  • We should be looking at our own footprint
  • Looking at climate change as human interaction event – connecting to advocates outside of the sector
  • Ask living history museums to take a stand
  • Connect to the K-12 Curriculum
  • Museums are seen as neutral places for conversation

Challenges

  • Road blocks / challenges with own structures (internal org)
  • Do we actually do what we say we do?
  • There’s a disconnect
  • Rural vs urban
    • Dealing with climate change deniers
  • Use the term sustainability – encompasses more than just climate change [UNSDGs]
  • Funder that is oil/ gas/coal = how manage? Potential to silence the conversation

Existing Examples:

  • Building has a living roof
  • Community Gardens (use rain water)
  • Worked with local university to build a solar house
  • LEED certified buildings
  1. How might we (museum workers and their organizations) work collaboratively to enhance our efforts toward this end?
  • Museums are seen as neutral places for conversation
  • Service organizations can act as conveners on the issue
    • AMA promoting social responsibility
    • Use existing small museum networks to share information (Alberta – CARMN, CREAM, Spirit of the Peace…)
  • Explore the connection to Truth and Reconciliation calls for action

Advocacy:

  • Need to actively advocate
  • Take advantage of the Canadian political climate right now
    • Canada is positioned to take the lead
    • The States will come along…
  • Approach carefully or else we’ll just be talking to ourselves
  • Think beyond sector
  • Start small
  • Subversive action
  • Inviting disparate voices in for conversation
  • Focus on how decisions impact the future

Facilities:

  • We need something to deal with museum facilities
  • Sustainable buildings

 Exhibitions:

  • Travelling exhibits are wasteful
  • Admit that travelling exhibits contribute to climate change
  • More online exhibits
  • Recycling exhibit components

Individual Actions:

  • Talk about how people can reduce their carbon footprint
  • Connections between individuals and then end up with network that is affecting change
  • Options for how people can make changes themselves

Museum Actions:

  • Increase science literacy
  • Making climate science more accessible
  • People want to know how people are impacted by climate change rather than environment
  • Get people excited about the earth i.e. bees, gardens, polar bears
  • Get them excited about how it impacts them
  • Stories from old time farmers to talk about changes to work, life, lifestyle over time because of weather
  • Demonstrating things that are polluting and show how things have changed
  • Let visitors reach their own conclusions from information presented
  • Connections then to why and to other parts of the world
  • Establish “green teams” within institution, share what’s working with others in community
  • Be honest about what we’re throwing out

Role of Governance

  • Increase Board diversity (in thinking)
  • Power of Governance – may silence institution (so then it comes down to programming)
  • How do you talk about issues then (with your Board, within organization)

TOOLS and RESOURCES:

  • Looking for tools from this group
  • Models for engagement
  • Exhibit tools (maybe framework for exhibit development)

August 23/17

Exciting news! The Coalition’s own Robert R. Janes will be a panellist at the Alberta Museums Association Closing General Session Sept. 23: “Museums UNITE to Improve Communities.” 

Conference Panel Preview includes a thoughtful interview with Dr. Janes on the origins and goals of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice.

Read more …


Coalition’s work noted in ELM, EU Lifelong Learning Magazine

July 5/17

International coalition

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”.

More …


Alberta Museums Association to take action on climate change in new partnership with the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

June 22/17

Edmonton, Alberta

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.

More …


 Word’s Getting Around

June 9/17

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

April 7/17

  • 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.

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