The Museums and Climate Change Network is a site for anyone interested in the intersection between museums and climate change. The site was started as a response to the challenge of engaging museum audiences in the issue of climate change. Museums are valuable sites for enabling audiences to slow down, reflect and rethink – all important for reaching the goal of changing hearts and minds. As more museums create exhibitions and resources on climate change, with varying degrees of success, it is important to share ideas and experiences.
To join the Museums and Climate Change Network or to add a project, exhibition, blog, website, publication, or resource to our listings, please upload via the site’s entry points or contact Dr Jenny Newell, Australian Museum.
Jenny Newell, email@example.com
Title image: Model of flooded New York, Climate Change: The threat to life and a new energy future, AMNH exhibition, 2008-09. Photo: © Denis Finnin, American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Jay Sterling Gregg, a senior researcher and lecturer at the Technical University of Denmark in the Climate Change and Sustainable Development program, created Climagination as a platform for engaging people in the climate issue by inspiring them to get in touch with their imagination and creativity. The ultimate goal is to create a climate museum in Copenhagen.
Cities Power Partnership Launch
Climate Change Museum due to Open in New York
- Miranda Massie, executive director of the Climate Museum Project was recently a five-year provisional charter to create a climate change museum in New York City.
Moving Forward, Never Forgetting: curatorial and artistic responses to the Aggressive Assimilation of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
- In this public talk, David Garneau will discuss the exhibition, the artists and the art work, curatorial research, community engagement and other issues with a mind to develop strategies for Indigenous/settler creative conciliation Canada and Australia.
When: December 8, 2015, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Visions Theatre, National Museum, Australia
How Should We Feel About Climate Change?
- Diary of a climate scientist | Where do emotions fit into the work of scientists who study climate, asks Sarah Perkins
How can the heritage sector engage the mainstream public? Webinar
Webinar: Climate change – how can the heritage sector engage the mainstream public? – 25 July 2017, 3pm BST
An interactive webinar with George Marshall from Climate Outreach, hosted by Sara Penrhyn Jones from Bath Spa University was held in July 2017. George’s most recent book, ‘Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change’ (Bloomsbury US, 2014), explores the psychology of climate change, and was written for a general public audience. In this webinar, he will bring his expertise on climate communication very specifically to the heritage sector.
How can we use our resources and skills to play a useful, educational role on climate change? Most importantly, what kind of climate narratives are proven to be compelling and effective? This may involve some radical rethinking of old assumptions, as we consider, more consciously, the kind of language and strategies that we use.
Comments or questions?
Email us: Sara Penrhyn Jones (discussion moderator): firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet questions to the moderator in advance, or as part of the live webinar: @saraPjones. Or just use the hashtag: #heritage4climate.
Interested, but can’t make it? Let us know, and we’ll send you a link to the uploaded webinar later on. You can still send in comments or questions in advance!
This webinar is part of a collaboration between an academic team and other partners researching heritage in times of climate change: Bath Spa University; Kings College London; University of Exeter; Manchester Museum; National Trust; International National Trusts Organisation; Newport Restoration Foundation; National Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg and Climate Outreach. This work follows on from a project called ‘Troubled Waters’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK. It is happening because the UK heritage sector has expressed a desire to communicate climate change with the public, but also a need for more support, dialogue and advice. For more information, see: corddirdyfroedd.org and enduringconnections.com
Museum do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
European Society for Oceanists 2015 Conference: Brussels, 24 June 2015 – 27 June 2015
Europe and the Pacific
European engagements in the Pacific are taking place mainly through connections in trade relations, sustainable development programmes, tourism, humanitarian aid, legal-political relations, new migration patterns, and concerns about the impacts of global climate change. In some respects, however, European connections to the Oceanic region relate uncomfortably to the aspirations and ambitions of Pacific peoples themselves, who wish to engage with peoples of other regions on their own social and cultural terms, and on the basis of their own economic and political interests. Indeed, Pacific Islanders increasingly demand to define priorities in their connections with Europe from their own perspective.
The 10th conference of the European Society for Oceanists will focus on the increasing call from the Pacific for a new kind of relationship with Europe (in whatever shape or form Europe may be perceived as a region). At previous ESfO conferences, many academics from the region expressed a desire for European scholars to acknowledge the obligations implied by their relations to Oceania, and to exchange the results of their research into knowledge that is useful for the Pacific. At the same time, European scholars who are doing research in the Pacific are facing the challenge to make their expert knowledge more available for policy-makers, having received calls from some governments and also from representatives of the European Union to help improving connections between Europe and the Pacific. This conference aims at creating an opportunity for new kinds of dialogues and relationships between Europe and the Pacific.