Book List

Newell, J., Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner (eds). 2016. Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change. Routledge Environmental Humanities.
A volume presenting essays and object essays by many members of the Museums and Climate Change Network:

Barker, Holly. 2008. “The Inequities of Climate Change and the Small Island Experience.” Pulse of the Planet,

Buckland, David & Chris Wainwright (Eds).2010. UNFOLD: A Cultural Response to Climate Change. Hardcover 
ISBN: 978-3-7091-0220-6
(Profiles the work of the artists in the ‘Unfold’ exhibition and also proposes a number of creative and innovative responses to climate change aimed at stimulating discourse and a wider engagement with the climate debate.)

Cameron, Fiona & Ann Deslandes. 2011. “Museums and science centres as sites for deliberative democracy on climate change.” Museums and Society 9(2):136-153.

Cameron, Fiona & Brett Neilson (Eds). 2015. Climate Change and Museum Futures. Routledge: NY & London.

Castree, Noel et al. 2014. “Changing the intellectual climate”. Nature Climate Change 4: 763–768.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2009. “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry 35.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2012. “Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change.” New Literary History 43.

Dawson, Ashley. 2016. Extinction: A Radical History. OR Books: New York, NY.

DeFries, R. et al. 2012. “Planetary opportunities: a social contract for global change science to contribute to a sustainable future”. BioScience 62: 603–606.

Robert Janes, 2014. Museums for all seasons, Museum Management and Curatorship. 29:5, 403-411. DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2014.967109.

Janes, Robert, 2016. Museums without Borders. Routledge.

Janes, Robert. 2009. Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse. Routledge.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Henry Holt & Company. 2014.

Lazrus H. 2012. “Sea change: island communities and climate change.” Ann. Rev. Anthropol 41:285–301.

Lipset, David. 2015. “Place in the Anthropocene: A mangrove lagoon in Papua New Guinea in the time of rising sea-levels.” HAU 4(3):215-243.

Lipset, David. 2013. “The New State of Nature: Rising Sea-Levels, Climate Justice, and Community-based adaptation in Papua New Guinea.” Conservation and Society. 

Lipset, David. 2011. “The tides: masculinity and climate change in coastal Papua New Guinea.” Journal of the Royal anthropological Institute 12 (1): 20 -43.

Locke, JT. 2009.  developments.“Climate change-induced migration in the Pacific region: Sudden crisis and long-term developments.” Geographical Journal 1–10.

Leiserowitz, A. & N. Smith. 2011. Knowledge of Climate Change among visitors to science & technology museums. Yale University. New Haven, CT: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

MacFarlane, Robert. Landmarks. UK: Penguin. 2015.

Newell, J., Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner (eds).2016. Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change. Edited by  Routledge Environmental Humanities.

Ogden, Laura, Nik Heynen, Ulrich Oslender, Paige West, Karim Aly-Kassam, & Paul Robbins. 2013. “Global Assemblages, Resilience and Earth Stewardship in the Anthropocene.” Front Ecol Environ 11 (7): 341-347.

O’Neill, Saffron & Sophie Nicholson-Cole. 2009. “Fear Won’t Do It: Promoting Positive Engagement with Climate Change Through Visual and Iconic Representations.” Science Communications 30 (3):355-379.

Patel, Samir S. 2006.“A Sinking Feeling.” A sinking feeling.” Nature 440: 734–736.

Robin, Libby, Sverker Sörlin, and Paul Warde (Eds.). 2013. The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change. Yale University Press.
(Winner of the 2013 New England Book Festival given by the JM Northern Media Family of Festivals, in the Compilations/Anthologies Category.)

Rudiak-Gould, Peter. 2013. Climate Change and Tradition in a Small Island State: The Rising Tide. Routledge Studies in Anthropology.

Steffen, Will, Paul J. Crutzen & John R. McNeill. 2007. “The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?” Ambio 36 (8): 614-621.

West, Paige. 2006. Conservation Is Our Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea. Duke University Press.

The Age of Stupid (2009 docudrama. Franny Armstrong)


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New Museum Project audience survey data – Western Australia

Western Australian Museum ‘Changes’ gallery development

Audience Surveys and Fact Sheets

Changes gallery- Shaping the Future story area: Front-end evaluation of audience interest

Survey form: Shaping the Future

Fact sheet: Climate change related exhibitions 

The new Western Australian Museum (New Museum) is due to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020. The New Museum will share the stories of our people and place, and act as a gateway to explore Western Australia (WA). The New Museum’s Changes gallery will explore the complex, enduring and significant relationship between people and the environment in WA. Changes shares the idea that WA’s land and water are precious resources, and that visitors’ actions can, and will, determine our future. Through the lens of multiple perspectives, it will explore the economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts of human engagement with our environment. As we learn from the past and think ahead, it will pose fundamental questions – what do we value? What do we want our State to look like in the future? What are we doing now to ensure the health of our State for a prosperous and sustainable future? Shaping the Future is one of seven main story areas within Changes.

While future focused content will feature throughout the entire Changes gallery, Shaping the Future will include a dedicated ‘hub’ (likely towards the end of the visitor journey), that will encourage visitors to form and reflect upon their own values and aspirations for the management and health of WA’s environment. It aims to spark discussion and debate, asks people to think and respond with their own comments, and invites them to consider how their own personal choices will influence the future of our State. Shaping the Future will invite participation and include visitor-generated content that is inspired by the stories and themes presented throughout the other main story areas in this gallery.

Alice Ryder
Senior Project Officer – Audience Advocate
New Museum Project
Western Australian Museum
Locked Bag 49
Welshpool DC  WA  6986  Australia

Climate Change Visuals

An evidence-based resource for climate change communication

From the site: ‘Climate Visuals is a world first: an evidence-based resource for visual climate change communication, based on social research with thousands of people in three countries. The website contains a growing library of photographs to provide inspiration and guidance for campaigners, picture editors and communications practitioners selecting imagery for communicating climate change.’

Workshop: Museums Collaborating around Climate Change. Australian Museum, Sydney, 20 July 2017.

The next in the Museums & Climate Change Network bi-annual series of workshops. The aim of the July 2017 workshop at the Australian Museum is to establish effective ways for museums around the world to collaborate on engaging hearts and minds, creating climate-active citizens, and influencing policy around climate change.  Museums and Climate Change Network members are invited.

This will be a participatory, roll-your-sleeves up workshop. The day will have plenty of time for small group work directed at sharing and growing ideas and establishing clear steps forward. Numbers will be kept low.

There will be presentations from several local and international speakers, including Miranda Massie, Director of The Climate Museum, New York.

For more information please contact Dr Jenny Newell, Australian Museum


Earth Guardians

A tribe of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and co-creating the future they know is possible. Link