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Scottish culture funding shake up signalled under drive for 2045 climate crisis target
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Scottish culture funding shake up signalled under drive for 2045 climate crisis target


As part of the Edinburgh Science Festival, outdoor exhibitions have been held on the Portobello promenade.

Creative Scotland, the national agency for arts, has revealed plans to create new sustainability criteria to ensure support.

Funded organisations will also have to provide regular reports on how they are cutting their carbon footprints and “addressing the climate emergency.”

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The shake-up is expected affect all aspects of festivals and events, including theatres, concert halls as well as TV dramas, feature films, and theatres.

The Borders Book Festival is one the most popular literary events in Scotland.

Creative Scotland has pledged funding to artists and organizations whose work is directly connected to climate change.

A newly-published “climate emergency” blueprint has warned that the physical physical shape of Scotland’s cultural landscape may have to be completely “re-imagined” over the next two decades.

Creative Scotland will recruit a three-strong team to address climate change. This team will lead efforts to influence change in the cultural sector.

Creative Scotland’s new climate emergency plan has been developed in collaboration with the Creative Carbon Scotland, which works to “embed” environmental sustainability within arts organisations.

The new blueprint states: “The cultural and creative sectors have an essential role to play in helping Scotland to prepare for the climate-changed future.

“As well as working on our internal plans, we’ll use our funding, policies, development role and influence to help the culture and creative sectors reduce their own emissions and adapt to climate change.

“We’ll work to help cultural organisations, artists and individual creative practitioners to reach and influence parts of society that others cannot.

“Incremental changes by separate organisations and individuals will not enable Scotland to reach net-zero in a climate-just manner and will fail to build a fair and equitable Scotland adapted to a changed and changing climate.”

Kenneth Fowler, Creative Scotland’s director of communications, said: “We are facing a climate emergency. This is leading to warmer winters and summers in Scotland, more rainfall, less snowfall, sea-level rise, and more extreme weather events.

“Achieving net zeroAnd the interim targets will be immensely challenging for the arts, screen and creative industries, especially in Glasgow and EdinburghBoth cities have committed to net zero by 2030

“Our work does not exist in isolation, and in distributing cultural funding and supporting wide inclusive participation in the arts, screen and creative industries, we recognise that our commitment to addressing climate change must extend to how we work with cultural individuals, projects and organisations.”

Secretary for Scottish culture Angus Robertson said: “Creative Scotland’s transformational plan to support the arts, screen and creative industries will inspire other organisations to also implement the critical changes we need to achieve net zero by 2045.

“The arts, culture and heritage sectors have a powerful and important role to play in supporting fair and equitable changes in society as Scotland moves towards a zero-carbon, climate-ready future.”

Creative Carbon Scotland director Ben Twist said: “We salute Creative Scotland for commissioning this bold, comprehensive, evidence-based plan.

“Creative Scotland will not only achieve net zero itself, it will help Scotland’s vital and vibrant cultural and creative sector lead the way in the transition to a just, inclusive and climate-ready Scotland.”


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