If the headlines appear to us as a maelstrom of disparate troubles, then we are missing the broader narrative: our efforts to control the present are distractions from the need to work with the future. As we complain about others, we are failing to acknowledge a powerful protagonist: we as a engaged citizens. We complain… Continue reading Lost in the Maelstrom? Reclaiming the Narrative as an Engaged Citizen
The theme for 2020 is evident in a series of carbon-related projects for the United States cultural sector. The four projects bubbled up independently, one from me and the rest from others. Regardless of ownership or parentage, they address our growing understanding that the sector cannot ignore its carbon footprint any longer. The components of… Continue reading The Culture over Carbon Project
Such a fertile idea. About ten years ago I came across the idea of “innovation [happening] in the spaces between domains.” It explained so much about why curiosity, creativity and courage are necessary for creating change, how settings without answers inspire new thinking, and why edges are so important for contact with new people, places… Continue reading What if we thought of museums as “contact zones” for climate research, education and activism?
Courtesy, We Are Still In The New York Times reports that President Trump has just announced the formal process for withdrawing the United States from The Paris Agreement. Those of us who care about the current and future health of the only planet on which we can live are still going to do the critical… Continue reading United States Cultural Institutions Support The Paris Agreement
What the Heck is Climate Week and Why Should You Care? New York City’s Climate Week is an overlay to a series of high-level (international leader-level) Summits held at the United Nations Headquarters. Thousands of individuals, businesses, associations and countries take advantage of the critical mass of power – brain power and political power –… Continue reading A Report from Climate Week + Thoughts for Cultural Institutions’ Participation in 2020
Last week I attended a cross-sector event highlighting the progress made in Southwest Florida this last year on water systems health and water quality. It was led by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. President & CEO Rob Moher explained it all perfectly: “This isn’t just for the professionals in the room. This was really designed… Continue reading Save Our Water Summit 2019
Editors: Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner, Routledge: 2019. Environmental Humanities Series Such an exciting, encouraging book! What we all see and read as climate watchers is overwhelming, yet we frequently find positive work that defends us against the frightening aspects. I am seriously concerned and extremely hopeful on climate climate. This was reinforced… Continue reading Book Review: Curating the Future
There's a lot of fossilized money. It comes to museums from companies and from individual owners and investors. Much of it was earned by those who had a full understanding of the devastating climate changes being created by the use of fossil fuels. Think Exxon and British Petroleum but also individuals. Many of those individuals… Continue reading Part of the Solutions, Not of the Crowd
Reinventing Sustainability: How Archaeology Can Save The Planet By Erika Guttmann-Bond. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2019. This is precisely the positive, creative approach we all need to using the understanding of the past to optimize the resources of the present for a future where species – including humans – can thrive. We humanists cannot let the… Continue reading Book Review
Health, peace, and education are the foundations for inclusion, equity, and access, all of which foster diverse organizations and communities. These are the building blocks of healthy societies. Those building blocks depend upon a clean, stable, and healthy planet. That healthy planet is critical for creating the society we want, and the society we already… Continue reading Is Your Cultural Institution Wavering on its Climate Change Stance?