Understanding Climate Change

Here are some ideas about how we can help the fight against Climate Change – both at home and at work. Small actions add up and remember – every little helps!

What is climate change?

This documentary, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is a good introduction to the subject: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00049b1 (available until March 2022)

What is the science behind the climate change?

Here are some studies and useful information about the changes happening in our environment:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-is-climate-change-why-does-it-matter.html

https://www.un.org/en/climatechange

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/climate-change-explained

https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

What can museums do to help the environment?

Museums have a role to help save our planet, just as they have been curating and protecting our history for generations. We can do this by exploring the topic through our exhibitions, contemporary collecting, and by becoming greener institutions ourselves. Here are some articles reflecting on how museums can engage with climate change:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/jun/exploring-role-museums-tackling-climate-change

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/03/nearly-a-fifth-of-national-trust-sites-could-be-at-high-risk-due-to-climate-change/

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/opinion/2016/06/01072016-climate-change-is-a-topic-that-we-need-to-address/

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2013/11/13112013-climate-change/

https://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/contributing-sector/environmental-conditions/

https://museumdevelopmentnorthwest.wordpress.com/support-grants/root-branches/

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/environmental-programme

Who else is trying to help?

There are a number of organisations trying to make a change. These range from charities, governments, businesses and activists. Here are a few of them:

https://carbonliteracy.com/

https://juliesbicycle.com/

https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/challenges/climate-change/

https://ukcop26.org/

https://www.theclimatepledge.com/

https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/net-zero-target

https://extinctionrebellion.uk/

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