Rewatch our new series of Creative Climate Chats – conversations with leading thinkers in culture and climate for discussions covering the just transition, new economics for a regenerative economy, the net zero carbon challenge, and climate justice.
Creative Climate Chats recordings you will find below
1/ Lucy Davies, Royal Court Theatre
2/ Chaitanya Kumar, New Economics Foundation
3/ Paul Dickinson, CDP
4/ Raj Pal, Colonial Countryside
5/ Zamzam Ibrahim, Students Organising for Sustainability
6/ Charise Johnson, British Academy
7/ Ron Whyte, Deep Green Philly
8/ Bridget McKenzie, Jessica Sim and Laura Napier, Creative Climate Leadership
9/ Nick Merriman, Horniman Museum
10/ Love Ssega & Eli Goldstein
11/ Araceli Camargo, The Centric Lab
12/ Sadie Young, Timespan
Episode One: Lucy Davies
Earlier this year, the Royal Court Theatre published ‘a credible plan for a just transition to carbon net zero through 2020’ – we speak to Lucy about the plan, whether current circumstances mean a rethink, and her thoughts on a ‘green recovery’ in the arts.
Episode Two: Chaitanya Kumar
We speak to Chaitanya about what we mean by ‘green recovery’ and ‘green transition’, how we make policy so it reflects the needs and lived experiences of people and communities, and how to translate this in the creative community.
Episode Three: Paul Dickinson
We speak to Paul about how the work of CDP has helped to drive corporate climate action and transparency through environmental reporting for 20 years, the impact of COVID-19 on global climate ambitions – and where we go from here.
Episode Four: Raj Pal
We speak to Raj about his work with the National Trust and Colonial Countryside on uncovering the histories of land and artefacts, and how it relates to our current understanding of the British countryside.
Episode Five: Zamzam Ibrahim
As co-Founder and President of Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS), Zamzam has been campaigning to transform the education system so sustainability is integral and inclusive in responding to the climate emergency. We speak to Zamzam about organised student responses to climate justice, how that’s been disrupted in the current Covid situation, and how we might come out of this situation with climate and environmental campaigning at the fore.
Episode Six: Charise Johnson
Charise Johnson (she/her) is a science policy researcher, environmental justice advocate, and relative newcomer to the UK. As a policy adviser at the British Academy, her work focuses broadly on the interlinking roles of science, social science, and humanities in upholding democracy and solving pressing environmental issues. We speak to Charise about her work connecting environmental policy-making, climate science and social justice across the UK and USA.
Episode Seven: Ron Whyte
Ron Whyte is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based environmental activist, advocate and consultant. Founded in 2011, his Deep Green Philly project is an alternative media resource inspired by the Deep Ecology movement. As project coordinator for Trash Academy (a project of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Restored Spaces Initiative), he works with artists, students and local residents to find creative solutions for Philadelphia’s trash, litter and dumping crisis. We spoke to Ron about how he draws connections between big global climate issues, and localised environmental injustices.
Episode 8: Bridget McKenzie, Jess Sim and Laura Napier
In this episode we speak to global alumni of our Creative Climate Leadership training programme, Bridget McKenzie (UK), Jess Sim (Turkey), and Laura Napier (USA). We discuss their current work, what environmental action and leadership means in their communities, and the value of networks.
Episode 9: Nick Merriman
We spoke to Nick about his work with the Horniman Museum and Gardens and National Museum Directors’ Council to create a greener future, the Horniman’s Climate and Ecology Manifesto is transforming how they work, and what inspiration museums and other cultural organisations can take from this.
Episode 10: Love Ssega and Eli Goldstein
We spoke to musicians Love Ssega and Eli Goldstein about climate action in the music industry, speaking out for climate justice, and breaking down silos between sectors.
Episode 11: Araceli Camargo
Araceli is the Director at The Centric Lab, a neuroscience research lab creating strategies to improve public health. They research how the environment impacts on our health, and help to shape policy connecting healthcare to urban design, physical, social and economic infrastructure, and climate change. We spoke to Araceli about her research, how public health policy can drive climate action, and how the arts and cultural sector can support public and planetary wellbeing.
Episode 11: Future Museums and Local Histories
We spoke to Sadie Young, Director of Timespan, a cultural organisation in Helmsdale, in the Scottish Highlands about how museums and galleries can uncover and contextualise local histories and how they can connect to wider movements to help enact radical social change. We were also joined by Hilary Jennings from Happy Museum.
To build on the legacy of our podcast The Colour Green – featuring artists and activists of colour speaking about their work and connections between climate justice, race, power, and inequality – some of these #CreativeClimateChat conversations will become short podcasts, supported by Arts Council England.