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What will happen at COP24 and what will it mean for the arts sector?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published a monumental special report that stresses the urgency of climate action. The report reveals the stark difference in the impacts of climate breakdown if we accept a 2 degree target instead of meeting a 1.5 degree aim. It also tells us that meeting the 1.5 degree target still technically possible - but only if we adopt “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” We reflect about what this all means for the creative community and how to take action with courage, creativity, and ambition in our latest blog post.

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In the run up to the COP24 negotiations in Katowice this December, Season for Change held an industry briefing event that explored this issue further. This early evening session was for individuals and organisations in the UK cultural sector with an interest in environment and climate change, and how their work fits into the global political context.

The session presented an overview of current scientific research and explored the key objectives for this year’s talks with an eminent scientist working in environmental science to set the context for the evening. We then explored the role of culture in the environmental movement, looking at examples of where our work has transformed the conversation around climate change. We were joined by artists and practitioners in the field who explored what COP means for us, and how we can address the key ideas in our own work.

The session incorporated questions, discussion and a chance to meet other impressive individuals. Following the main session, there was also a brief tour of the National Theatre’s backstage green initiatives for anyone interested in exploring best practice in venue management, and a reception generously supported by the National Theatre.

Speakers included:

Farhana Yamin, Chatham House and Former Climate Adviser to the Marshal Islands.

Alison Tickell, Director, Julie's Bicycle.

Paule Constable, Lighting Designer and National Theatre Associate.

Zoë Svendsen, Theatre maker and Artistic Director of performing arts company METIS.

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