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.


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):

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: and

‘The Gathering Storm’: Marshall Islands brace for rising seas | Produced by Al Jazeera America

A gathering storm of climate change looms over Marshall Islands.

Severe droughts, massive flooding and dying coral mark realities of climate change on remote Pacific islands

As climate change becomes a growing global concern, the Marshall Islands, a collection of atolls spread across 357,000 square miles in the Pacific Ocean, offer a snapshot of what may be to come. On the main island of Majuro, seasonal high tides combined with storm surges and a rising sea combined to render more than 1,000 people homeless last year. The outer atolls have also been hit hard, first by droughts and now by increasingly common flooding. The floods have gotten so bad that the residents of Kili, home to hundreds of descendants of the nuclear refugees from Bikini Atoll, have petitioned the United States government for help relocating to higher ground in the U.S. And rising sea temperatures have caused massive coral bleaching in the Marshall Islands’ world-renowned reefs. As Sheila MacVicar reports in this excerpt from Compass, residents remain optimistic and defiant in the face of the rising seas.

Watch an excerpt from the video here:

Originally aired on Jun 28, 2015.  A report from Compass with Sheila Macvicar.

“Extinction: A Radical History” by Ashley Dawson


Some thousands of years ago, the world was home to an immense variety of large mammals. From wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers to giant ground sloths and armadillos the size of automobiles, these spectacular creatures roamed freely. Then human beings arrived. Devouring their way down the food chain as they spread across the planet, they began a process of voracious extinction that has continued to the present.

Headlines today are made by the existential threat confronting remaining large animals such as rhinos and pandas. But the devastation summoned by humans extends to humbler realms of creatures including beetles, bats, and butterflies. Researchers generally agree that the current extinction rate is nothing short of catastrophic. Currently, the earth is losing about a hundred species every day.

This relentless extinction, Ashley Dawson contends in a primer that combines vast scope with elegant precision, is the product of a global attack on the commons, the great trove of air, water, plants and creatures, as well as collectively created cultural forms such as language, that have been regarded traditionally as the inheritance of humanity as a whole.

This attack has its genesis in the need for capital to expand relentlessly into all spheres of life. Extinction, Dawson argues, cannot be understood in isolation from a critique of our economic system. To achieve this we need to transgress the boundaries between science, environmentalism and radical politics. Extinction: A Radical History performs this task with both brio and brilliance.

130 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682190-40-1 • E-book 978-1-682190-41-8

The Anthropocene in Museums: Reflections, Projections and Imaginings Deutsches Museum, Munich

How might museums reframe themes and stories to bring the Anthropocene into focus? How might we create relational museums that foster collaborative forms of communication? How might we design exhibits that invite museum visitors to understand themselves in new ways in relation to material and social worlds? These were some of the questions we pondered as we gathered last week for ‘The Anthropocene in Museums’ workshop at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Museum scholars, curators, and other practitioners came from as near and as far as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States to participate in the two-day workshop. While some participants generously shared their experiences and lessons learned from working with and in the Anthropocene, others bravely invited us to preview their works in progress. Our discussions revealed many shared Anthropocene challenges including how to bring together diverse forms of knowledge in our exhibits while balancing messages of urgency and hope, forging human connections and managing institutional and practical limits.

A tour of ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’, a special exhibition created by the Deutsches Museum and Rachel Carson Center, informed and inspired our discussions. As did Jenny Newell’s public lecture, ‘Activism, Art, and Atolls: Communicating the Oceanic Anthropocene’.

By exploring and experimenting together, we furthered our goal to build a community of museums from which we can all draw ideas and inspiration for transforming museums in this new period of the Earth’s history. Because, as one workshop participant put it, ‘we need safe spaces for dangerous ideas’.

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