Australian Museum declares its climate change commitments, 2019-2021

The Australian Museum, Sydney, has just posted a statement on climate change, with clear commitments encompassing research, education, outreach and infrastructure. “Over the next three years the AM will commit to developing a leadership role supporting climate action. It will accelerate its programme for sharing with the public the important science and facts around climate change and its impacts on the community. It will ensure that the work of AM researchers, educators, communicators and exhibition content developers will share deeper understandings of climate change so as to foster public engagement in the issues. Moreover, the AM also has a corporate commitment to working toward sustainable practices within the Museum’s operations and infrastructure.”
”The AM’s collections span both the natural and human worlds, with 21 million items representing the combined natural and cultural environments of not only Australia but also the Pacific and all parts of the globe. The Museum is ideally placed to demonstrate climate change impacts on biota and people through exhibitions, education programs, outreach in the wider community, and online resources.”
Read the full statement

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Jenny Newell
Climate Speaks youth program - Climate Museum, New York, March-April 2019
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The Climate Museum presents Climate Speaks, a citywide youth spoken word competition and training program dedicated to themes of climate change and social justice.

Students will engage with climate issues through spoken word at workshops in March and April. They will then submit original poems to be selected for the semi-final round. Semi-finalists will receive performance training and mentoring before performing their pieces for judges. Finalists will take the stage in June for a live performance. Learn more at climatespeaks.org.
From: The Climate Museum, New York www.climatemuseum.org

Jenny Newell
New ICOM Working Group on Sustainability

mainstreaming the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Morien Rees (Varanger Museum, Oslo, Norway) is leading the International Council of Museums Working Group on Sustainability, composed of museum professionals around the world who have been actively committed to addressing issues of sustainability in the museum and cultural heritage sectors. The working group is focusing on how to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change across its range of activities.

The Working Group will be guided by the three related moral imperatives: satisfying human needs, ensuring social justice and respecting environmental limits.The Working Group’s mandate also includes supporting ICOM members and their member museums to contribute constructively in upholding the SDGs and towards climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The ICOM Working Group on Sustainability will consider different approaches to aspects of sustainability. It will consider the museums’ potential roles in cross-sectorial sustainability initiatives: through their collections, as information resources, as communicators, as educators, as facilitators, as activists and advocates, and as users of natural resources. Read more

The Working Group is expected to deliver its recommendations in 2019, at the 25th ICOM Triennial Conference which will take place in Kyoto, Japan.

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ICOM Kyoto 2019

Jenny Newell
International Symposium on Climate Change and the role of Education

April 12th and 13th, 2019

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK 

https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/climatechange/

Education in all its forms plays a crucial role, globally and locally, in engaging and empowering people to act to alleviate the impacts of the climate change. Even though education is a key element which can be deployed in fostering climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, there is a paucity of events where a special focus to education is given. In order to fill in this gap, the International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education is being organised by Bishop Grosseteste University (UK), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme. 

This symposium is aimed at those working in, or concerned with, education and climate change. It provides an opportunity to showcase projects, approaches and activities that investigate or utilise education as a means to mitigate or adapt to climate change. The conference also highlights the pedagogical approach museums and galleries utilize in discussing science, which arguably happens more than in classrooms. 

Follow this link to register for the symposium: https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/climatechangeregistration/

Any questions related to registration and accommodation, contact:

Bronwen Robson, School Professional Services Officer, Bishop Grosseteste University bronwen.robson@bishopg.ac.uk 

Jenny Newell
Video of Workshop: Museums Collaborating around Climate Change. Australian Museum, Sydney, 20 July 2017.

The 2017 Museums & Climate Change Network workshop is published below:

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 were invited.

This was a participatory, roll-your-sleeves-up workshop. The day had plenty of time for small group work directed at sharing and growing ideas and establishing clear steps forward. Numbers were kept low to keep the discussion moving.

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

Session One:

Session Two:

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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.

http://climagination.org

Jenny Newell