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Museums and Heritage Highland endorses COP26 Climate conversations free online events


By Federica Stefani

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The first online event on 26 October will cover stories from the Existances project in Brazil.
The first online event on 26 October will cover stories from the Existances project in Brazil.

A HIGHLAND heritage charity is calling for people to attend two upcoming events around museums and climate change.

Museums and Heritage Highland are inviting people to join two free online talks asking what the route to a low carbon future is for museums and discussing how cultural organisations can inspire radical climate action in their communities.

The events will take place on October 26 and November 2 and are part of the preparation of the much anticipated COP26 climate talks to be held in Glasgow later this year.

Nicola Henderson from Museums and Heritage Highland said: "Museums, heritage and the arts are in a unique position to address important climate issues across Scotland. We are fortunate to have cultural organisations at the heart of our many of our local communities across the Highlands and these organisations can inspire and facilitate change.

"However, these events are not just for people involved in heritage in the Highlands, and we invite everyone to come along, join the debate and be inspired to take action."

Fragile Planet is a major exhibition of watercolours by renowned artist Tony Foster that illustrates the precariousness of wilderness and endangered environments around the world.
Fragile Planet is a major exhibition of watercolours by renowned artist Tony Foster that illustrates the precariousness of wilderness and endangered environments around the world.

The first online event will cover stories from the Existances project in Brazil, Taigh Chearsabhagh's Lines project addressing rising sea levels in our island communities, COP26 Message in a Bottle and Message from Upernavik, Greenland and Fragile Planet, a major exhibition by artists Tony Foster at Royal Cornwall Museum.

Andy Mackinnon, director/cinematographer/producer and Arts Curator at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museums and Arts Centre.
Andy Mackinnon, director/cinematographer/producer and Arts Curator at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museums and Arts Centre.

The second online event will focus on the route to a low carbon future for small to medium-sized museums by sharing practical advice on energy reduction and implementing sustainability in the cultural sector by connecting people to a sustainable future through culture.

Helen Avenell, from Museums and Heritage Highland, who will also moderate the events, added: "We have invited speakers from all over the world to share their climate projects – projects that look beyond raising awareness of the challenges we face by helping find solutions and promote action. We take a look at the practical steps museums can take to make their businesses more sustainable.

Chartered Building Surveyor Roger Curtis will be one of the panellists.
Chartered Building Surveyor Roger Curtis will be one of the panellists.

"At each event, speakers will give a short presentation before a panel discussion, and the audience can ask questions. We hope people will join us at these events and, from the information shared, feel confident to inspire action within their communities."

The events are made possible by the #COP26Conversations fund developed in partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Libraries Information Council.

Tickets can be booked at https://museumsandheritagehighland.org.uk


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