Julie’s Bicycle is working in partnership with the British Council for The Climate Connection programme, a global initiative uniting people from around the world to meet the climate challenge.

As part of the British Council’s The Climate Connection in the lead up to COP26 – the United Nations climate change summit taking place this November in Glasgow – Julie’s Bicycle will curate a policy research project, short film series and five international roundtables in Indonesia, Nigeria, Colombia, Turkey and Italy.

Why: whilst policy frameworks at all levels of government are developing targets and pathways to meet global net zero carbon and nature restoration, cultural policy has only just begun to explore the implications of a radically altered economy.

Why it matters: Culture and the arts have always mobilised change, and action on climate, as we have witnessed recently, needs buy-in from citizens. Everyone engages in culture and the creative industries in some way. Yet culture has been wholly absent from climate strategy, whether to animate science, loosen political tensions, or to build momentum – and consensus – for change.

Julie’s Bicycle is advocating for: a step-change in cultural policy that aligns to net zero carbon, harnessing the opportunities of the Green Recovery to align policy with net zero carbon pathways and nature restoration.

More updates on The Climate Connection will follow soon.

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