The results indicate that the country’s arts and cultural sector is now leading in sustainable behaviour change. These findings will be shared with global leaders at the COP21 UN Climate conference in Paris in December as an example of best practice in tackling climate change.
From the installation of solar panels to the production of plays addressing climate change, the sector has seen a step change in sustainability over the past three years.
The UK’s leading theatres, galleries, museums, tours, festivals and concert halls are now reporting on energy and water use thanks to tools developed in conjunction with The University of Oxford.
‘The UK’s creative industries have long been celebrated for their talent, now we have another reason to recognise their leadership. They’re shaping a stronger, progressive and sustainable arts for us all.
‘There are three simple ideas at the heart of this programme. First that climate change is not confined to the corridors of politics, business and science, but it is a cultural issue. Second, that collective environmental knowledge and action delivered collaboratively and at scale will lead to cultural change. Third, the creative community has a vital role to play in shaping our future.
‘We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Arts Council England over the next three years, it’s an exciting time packed with innovation and potential for us all.’
Alison Tickell, founder and director of Julie’s Bicycle
A dedicated programme of events, networking and resources has been delivered by Julie’s Bicycle over the course of the three years to help organisations develop current and effective environmental policies and action plans. These resources are now used by arts organisations from 178 countries around the world.
Julie’s Bicycle and Arts Council England will launch the Environmental Sustainability Partnership results at their ‘Culture and Sustainability’ event on 11 November at The Tetley in Leeds.
They will share insights on how arts and culture are addressing and benefiting from environmental sustainability, and what role the creative sector will play at COP21.