The British newspaper The Guardian asks: What have the cultural and creative industries got to do with climate change?
“Climate change is not just about the climate – it will have huge knock-on effects on human rights, economics, democracy, equality and social and civil justice landscapes.
The cultural and creative industries already make work that reflects implicitly and explicitly on these issues listed above. We already stir the imaginations, minds, emotions, spirits and souls of audiences on these subjects. So why is environmental sustainability the topic so often missing from the list? The window for averting climate change is narrow. If we want to choose our own path, not have one forced upon us, we need to take responsibility and act now. We must have the courage to programme much more work about environmental issues…”
Guardian Culture Professionals Network – 15 July 2013:
Culture’s role in environmental change
The live and digital work of the cultural and creative industries is key to a low carbon transition and future, says Hannah Rudman
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Date: 16 July 2013
Subject: Culture’s role in environmental change | Sustainability should be at the heart of our artistic vision
What have arts and culture got to do with climate change?
“As a sector we are a powerful collective imagination and a trusted voice” - so starts consultant Hannah Rudman in her piece for us on the role the culture sector must play in making positive environmental change. “We must tell stories of hope and warning about what the future holds.”
There’s no doubt about the capability of the arts to create life-changing experiences — and life will change quite significantly if we don’t look after our planet.
The facts and figures might speak for themselves, but the arts can make them speak louder. “Our disruptive, audacious thinking can get people engaged,” adds Hannah. “Our stories about ecological sustainability and greener living will be essential to preparing us all for a new ecosystem. Statistics cannot motivate us in the same way stories can.”
And for more stories on sustainability in the arts, read these from director of Julie’s Bicycle, Alison Tickell: why sustainability should be at the heart of our collective artistic vision; and
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“We need a hero who is cool, hip and passionate”
Sustainability and the concept of shared fate — that we’re all on this small planet together and our fates are woven together — could sure benefit from a good song (or two).
John Friedman wrote on 1 July 2013 in the Huffington Post:
“Actors and celebrities have taken up the cause to some extent, but far more revel in, and are recognized for their lavish lifestyles and excesses than those who choose to live demonstrably more reasonable and responsible lifestyles. While politicians have helped to bring attention to the issue of climate change, it has also had the result of turning it into a partisan issue.”
“Hollywood and television can play a role as well. I am not talking about documentaries — because they appeal to a segment of the audience. What we need is something that has broader and mass appeal. Shows like All in the Family were cultural touchstones because they reflected their times, but they also helped drive public opinion. Shows like ‘Star Trek’ imagined a future were all people of the Earth had come together.”
“Just as television show crossed over to movies, films can play a role in showing a more sustainable world as attainable. We have already seen many blockbusters focus on the potential extinction of the human race. While errant asteroids and hostile aliens make dramatic ‘villains,’ the ‘battle’ to build a sustainable future does not lend itself to dramatic confrontations and powerful explosions. The Day After Tomorrow dramatically combined the long-term impacts of climate change into a short-term event but the fact is the problems were are facing are not going to dramatically change the world overnight, nor are they going to be solved by the actions of Batman, Superman or even John McClaine.”
“Sustainability will only work if we leave the personal spaces we inherited a little more sustainable than we found them. Therefore we must build a sustainability-focused consumer revolution and to do that we need a hero who is cool, hip and passionate about the subject.”
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