Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, Museum Development North West and the Carbon Literacy Trust have been awarded Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant funding for an ambitious two-year partnership project with MD England.
‘Roots & Branches’ aims to accelerate the museum sector’s ability to respond to the climate crisis. The launch of this project will coincide with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021. Over the next two years, this project will enable us to scale up the roll-out of Carbon Literacy training across museums in England.
The project will create an environmentally aware and active sector, giving museums the tools to respond to the climate crisis. Facilitated in collaboration with MD England and supported by a new Museum Carbon Literacy Officer post, ‘Roots and Branches’ aims to train and certify 1,500 Carbon Literate museum professionals and volunteers. It will also see 300 museums developing organisational pledges to take action against climate change.
The training will start on 1 November 2021, the first day of COP26, as part of the Carbon Literacy Trust’s ‘Carbon Literacy Action Day’ – an attempt to stage the largest ever low-carbon education event globally and set a record for the number of people completing their Carbon Literacy training in a single day.
Opportunities for museums to get involved will include:
- Taking part in a social media campaign to promote what museums can and are doing to address climate change in the run up to and during the COP26 conference
- Attending museum-focused online Carbon Literacy workshops for people who govern, work and volunteer in museums
- Using the free sector-specific Carbon Literacy Toolkit to roll out the training within your own museum
- Taking your commitment further by becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation
- Attending additional training arranged through the Museum Development Programme to deepen your knowledge and develop your action plans.
For more information about Roots and Branches and how your museum can get involved, click here.
Museums Galleries Scotland
Museums, libraries and historic environment organisations can apply for up to £1,000 to deliver activity that will take place in Scotland before 15 November and involve public facing activities and events focused on engaging communities with climate matters.
The #COP26Conversations Fund has been designed to help cultural and heritage organisations begin to raise their profile as spaces for communities to engage with the climate challenge and explore positive actions. The fund encourages fun and creative participation, a chance to connect with the energy that is building in Scotland as the hosts of COP26.
The fund is being delivered in partnership between Museums Galleries Scotland, the Scottish Library and Information Council and Historic Environment Scotland, it will offer small grants (up to £1,000) to museums, libraries and historic environment organisations to host small scale, community focused events and activities in the build up to and during COP26. For more information click here.
In addition to this, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) in partnership with Creative Scotland has launched Climate Beacons. More than 30 environmental, cultural and heritage organisations are coming together in regions across Scotland to inspire public engagement and positive action in the run up to and beyond the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in Glasgow this November.
With funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Change and Culture Divisions, Creative Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland, seven hubs known as ‘Climate Beacons’ will take form in Argyll, Caithness & East Sutherland, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian the Outer Hebrides, and Tayside. Bringing together shared resources and knowledge from cultural and climate organisations, the Climate Beacons will provide a welcoming physical and virtual space for the public, artists and cultural sector professionals, environmental NGOs, scientists and policymakers to discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate action specific to each local area. For more information click here.
Northern Ireland Museums Council
NIMC has secured £50,000 from Department of Communities as part of their Draft Climate Change Action Plan funding. These funds will provide grants to support innovative museum projects themed on reducing carbon footprints, and increasing insights into ways in which we can adapt to, or mitigate, the impacts of climate change. Applications for these grants are due to open in August 2021. NIMC will be looking for museum projects that will increase community awareness of climate change issues and which can help to change behaviours in appropriate ways. These grants will be another step towards NIMC leading the museums sector to play our part in reducing Northern Ireland’s impact on climate change.