“Climate Crisis”

The Museums Association has launched its campaign “[…] for museums to be more environmentally sustainable and address the climate crisis.”

“We are asking all museums to do three things:

  • Get your museum in order: make sure that your organisation’s footprint is as low as it can go, and commit to targets for reducing energy consumption, waste, travel and carbon use. There are lots of tools to help you do this, this is just one: https://juliesbicycle.com/reporting/
  • Raise awareness: use your collections, programmes, exhibitions and learning and engagement work to discuss the climate crisis and encourage audiences to think about what they can do to make a difference.
  • Champion change: work with community and environmental organisations to implement greener polices in your local area.

We are asking funders to include environmental sustainability in their strategies for museums and to make it a requirement of funding that environmental targets are set, monitored and met.

And we are asking agencies and strategic bodies to take the lead by working with the sector to bring about change at a policy and practice level.

At the MA we have declared a climate emergency and implemented a policy that means we will stop printing reports and publications, offer only vegetarian food at our events, significantly reduce our air travel, and switch to green suppliers as well as lots of other measures.”

Museums Association “Campaigns” (2020)

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