Did you know that electricity use is one of the biggest sources of carbon dioxide emissions globally and in the UK?
Decarbonising electricity is a key measure for the UK to reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. You can help hitting this target by investing in renewables, either through on-site technology or driving demand through procurement.
Most electricity suppliers in the UK offer ‘green’ tariff electricity. But care should be taken when choosing a green electricity tariff, as some suppliers make unverified claims about where their electricity comes from and the environmental benefits.
If you are feeling tested by tariffs – don’t worry, Julie’s Bicycle is on hand to help you navigate and make sense of your energy options. We’ll be discussing clean energy sourcing with Good Energy – the first dedicated 100% renewable electricity supplier – and ensuring you are getting a genuinely clean and green tariff.
If you are in a position to go even further and invest in on-site generation, Julie’s Bicycle and Good Energy will be presenting a whole range of clean energy options, helping you understand the considerations, opportunities and challenges. We’ll be covering other related topics such as: joint procurement, funding and investing, community energy and roof leasing; providing intelligence and a range of case studies from the sector and beyond.
Julie’s Bicycle has partnered with Good Energy, the 100% renewable electricity supplier, to help turn individual action into collective change. We are really proud to be working with Good Energy who are sponsoring our events programme and have funded new development on the IG Tools which recognise renewable energy analysis and impact.
Revisiting piles of paper and books on my desk, I thought that rather than leave the interesting things I’ve found over the past few years of running our arts and energy programme on a shelf, I would share them here.
This neat little publication came out in 2014 and is packed with interesting things to consider for anyone interested in ‘Making the future a masterpiece’.
“Gone are the days where it made sense to ask someone if they were more interested in science or the arts. As more of us put our minds to solutions for a sustainable world, the disciplines separated out in classrooms and campuses are merging. Whatever your expertise, we share a calling: create, innovate, experiment, build a vision, tell the story…
It’s an urgent calling. As the planet heads for 3°C, our cities, homes and lifestyles need to be reimagined in truly radical ways. We need perspectives Picasso would baulk at. We need textiles and building blocks that don’t cost the climate. Sculptors have been ‘finding’ form in stone, wood, bronze or ice for millennia. Now, as labs culture new materials, artists are lining up to mould and strain and hammer and stretch their potential.
Art shapes the way we experience our world. It’s not just about the background: the pictures on the wall, the music on the radio. It’s about what we expect and what we accept; how we behave and how we relate to each other; what we value and keep, and what we invest in and create.
This isn’t niche thinking. Big brands are looking to the arts to help them change their culture and operations. Universities are collaborating with artists to take research to a new level. Technologists are finding inspiration in performance arts; audiences are mixing paints and tracks with product designers…
The potential is vast. It’s time to design the future. The Green Futures Special Edition ‘Where Science Meets Art’ talks to the collaborators and creatives who are leading the way, and asks how we can make it a masterpiece.
Where Science Meets Art is a Green Futures Special Edition, produced in association with the Technology Strategy Board, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Julie’s Bicycle.”
Julie’s Bicycle recently released the latest findings from Arts Council England’s environmental reporting programme.
Julie’s Bicycle has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture, and in 2015/16 engagement was higher than ever.
Sustaining Great Art: Environmental Report 2015/16 demonstrates how the sector continues to reduce environmental impacts despite a growth in cultural activity, while environmental action is driving benefits to financial resilience, business planning and staff well-being.
Following the celebratory spirit of last December’s historical COP21 Paris climate agreement we’re left with the question of how we, as global citizens, cultural leaders and artists, can translate this commitment into action. At an event in May 2016, Julie’s Bicycle brought together speakers from the creative industries to share their “coptimism” for how culture is and can continue to be at the heart of a movement of change. They revealed institutions in transition, new artworks and art forms, new skills and business models, and collaboration within, between and beyond the creative sector.
It was a well attended and interesting event and in case you missed it, you can see all the talks here!
“Theatre is all about people, our cares and the world in which we live. When theatres own these political issues then they become powerful communications tools” Emma Rees, London Theatre Consortium
“Making, can bridge the technical, the material and existence” Ursula Davies, Marversity
“Our creatives should be using their talents, strengths and artistry to handle the subject matter, this will focus audiences’ attention on the issues”
About Julie’s Bicycle:
Their vision is a creative community with sustainability at its heart and our mission is to provide the inspiration, expertise and resources to make that happen.
They work with over 1,000 arts organisations across the UK and internationally, large and small to help them measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts.
Julie’s Bicycle encourages everyone to join us in taking action on climate change by signing the pledge as part of the Creative Climate Coalition: http://www.creativeclimatecoalition.com/
For guidance, tips, case studies and further reading on many topics discussed at the event please check out the website Resources pages, and the resources listed on the Creative Climate Coalition page.
Share Your Stories
Let’s keep the #coptimism hashtag alive by continuing to share work you’re doing, or work that inspires you. We’d love to help share and promote your climate action – send your news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The creative industries can make a unique contribution to the global sustainability challenge.
Creativity is part of every society and culture, generating communities of shared identity and experience. Globally we have huge potential to inspire positive and sustainable change through the millions of livelihoods and billions of participants involved in our work.
This coalition originated as a call to action presented at the 2015 international climate talks, COP21. With the world’s first universal agreement on climate change now in place, the real work begins.
We can bring about positive change faster together, by combining our collective strengths to amplify concerns and celebrate solutions.
- We Will:
- Take action ourselves to make our work more sustainable
- Speak out and up, using our voices to accelerate positive change
- Jointly support one another, sharing campaigns and knowledge
- Use our creativity to find, and scale, solutions
A major event in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre and Julies Bicycle
This event is intended for everyone concerned with climate change and the role performing arts has in exploring it and its ramifications. It will energise, re-energise and inspire; our aim is that all will leave with a clear sense of direction and purpose, and not a few with concrete ideas or commissions and collaboration that will have the active involvement of producing partners.
COP21 has justifiably been hailed as a diplomatic triumph; it went a long way further than any previous attempts to achieve international consensus on a concerted response to climate change. But a world that includes, in the small corner of the UK, daffodils flowering in December and unprecedented flooding, reminds us of the scale of the chasm between what can be successfully negotiated by the Body Politic and what is actually needed. The Paris agreement is much better seen as the end of the beginning, rather than something we can take comfort from, a finale. The fact remains that the West has still not taken on board the scale of action – technological, political, intellectual – needed to deal with this challenge, not by a long chalk.
Taking place at the large Warwick Arts Centre, Doing Nothing is Not an Option – DNNO – will be our most ambitious event ever. It will offer an opportunity for people in the performing arts sector to reflect on what the subject means for artists today and in the future. During this three-day gathering, exclusively targeted at the performing arts, 200 people – writers, directors, producers and others, together with climate specialists of all types – will come together to shape new ideas and develop a platform for creative responses and new work. This will take place in the context of a public festival of climate related performance work.
The programme – details here
Using the celebrated methodology TippingPoint has used and refined in five continents, over the three days participants will work, play and eat together. They will share their knowledge, experience and understanding of climate change and will leave feeling affirmed, informed and energised; their horizons broadened, their imaginations enriched and their practice developed. It will be the beginning of a creative journey and a focus for new performance work.
The value of the event
Different people will gain different things from attending this event. However, our central aim is that all will have a clearer idea of ‘what to do next’ – it is designed specifically to do that. Particular benefits should include, for people from the performing arts world:
- – Greater clarity on the phenomenon of climate change
- – The chance to go into real depth on particular aspects of the topic
- – The opportunity to identify possible collaborators for creative work
- – The chance to access commission opportunities
For people from the research world, our intention is that the event will deliver:
- – An opportunity to work closely with creative people from a very different world – who will put a high value on particular expertise
- – An entirely new way of getting research into the public domain, of politics and policy
- – The potential for very rewarding long term partnerships
We can virtually guarantee that all who attend will leave feeling affirmed, enlightened and reinvigorated, with horizons broadened and work of all types enriched by a sense of purpose and new ideas.
Charges for attendance are as follows; they include all meals and refreshments, though accommodation onsite, very close to Warwick Arts Centre and strongly recommended, will cost extra. All TIppingPoint events are very carefully designed, with a beginning, middle and end, so we strongly discourage partial attendance. The booking page is here.
|For people from arts organisations with grants of over £750k and research institutions||£240|
|For people from arts organistions with grants between £250k and £750k||£190|
|For people from arts organisations with a grant less than £250k||£150|
|An ‘early-bird’ discount of 10% will be available to all those booking before Sunday May 8|
|Bursaries – application for a limited number of £100 bursaries can made by completing a form here – deadline April 29.|
COPtimism: Lightning Talks
Weds 4th May 2016, 10.00 – 12.00 (registration from 9.30am)
Room K1.28, 1st Floor, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
As part of Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, Julie’s Bicycle is partnering with King’s College London and Somerset House to bring you a morning filled with flashes of inspiration on culture and environmental change.
Following the celebratory spirit of last December’s historical COP21 Paris climate agreement we’re left with the question of how we, as global citizens, cultural leaders and artists, can translate this commitment into action. Our speakers will share their “coptimism” for how culture is and can continue to be at the heart of a movement of change. They’ll reveal institutions in transition, new artworks and art forms, new skills and business models, and collaboration within, between and beyond the creative sector.
A series of quick-fire talks from the likes of Makerversity, Cape Farewell and Reading Museum will be followed by ample time for discussion and an opportunity to get involved with this exciting global movement.
This event is supported by Arts Council England and Good Energy and is a partnership with King’s and Somerset House.
The talks will also be available to watch on the day via a Live Stream link, available shortly.
Lucy Wood, Programme Director, Cape Farewell
Andy Franzkowiak, Creative Director, Shrinking Space
Cape Farewell is using the vast potential of VR to create an immersive digital experience ‘Energy Renaissance’, where the user is placed within a world where they can turn the congested Strand in London into a low-pollution, environmentally sustainable landscape. A recent study by Kings College London revealed that nearly 9,500 people die a year as a result of air pollution in London, with WHO estimating that it cost the UK economy £54 billion in the last year. Energy Renaissance is a partnership between technology, science and culture that aims to enable Londoners to engage with the impacts of pollution and climate change in the here and now, and educate them on ways to make a greener and healthier urban future a reality. The project will launch as part of a 3-week exhibition at Somerset House this October as part of their year long Utopia 2016 Festival.
Looking Back to Look Forward
Brendan Carr, Community Engagement Curator, Reading Museum
Through a community history project, Reading Museum has repositioned itself as a creative and community hub for rethinking the future. Working with local people, environmental charities, artists and the council, Reading Museum is now involved with consultations about Reading becoming a sustainable city by 2050. Brendan reflects on these experiences, the “soft power” wielded by creative institutions in the city, and the relevance of museums in the context of a changing world.
Classics for a New Climate
In 2012 the Young Vic launched their “Classics for a New Climate” series of plays with After Miss Julie, a pilot project to explore what sustainable stage production might look like. Working in collaboration with creatives, production professionals, suppliers and Julie’s Bicycle, the theatre has been experimenting with various approaches, from paperless programmes to local sourcing and reinvented minimalism. [INSERT NAME] shares the learning from their latest “Classic”, La Musica, and how these experiments are influencing their approach to design, production and work with creatives overall.
Image courtesy of Cape Farewell 2016.
Please note that unfortunately the space for this event has no wheelchair access.