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JULIE’S BICYCLE RELEASES COP26 CALL TO ACTION

Julie’s Bicycle calls on governments to address the gap between culture and environment policy.

Julie’s Bicycle has issued a Call to Action for governments to link national culture policy to environment policy. Governments negotiating at COP26, should start accounting for the impact that their cultural and artistic communities can contribute to limiting climate change.

Governments have missed the opportunity to link culture policy with environmental policy, leaving a huge gap in the potential for the culture sector to reduce its own emissions and inspire action across society to address the climate crisis.

Arts and culture organisations around the world are already taking climate action, including reducing carbon emissions. But according to new research by Julie’s Bicycle, what is missing is government policy that takes a consistent, supportive approach to stimulating arts and culture organisations to operate sustainably.

But it doesn’t stop with decarbonising the culture sector. There is also an opportunity for government policy to draw on the culture sector’s creativity and power to motivate. The culture sector needs to be fully represented, alongside other sectors of the economy and society, in designing and implementing effective environment policy.

The research, conducted in partnership with the British Council, is part of Julie’s Bicycle’s on-going work, focused on high-impact programmes and policy change to meet the climate crisis head-on.

Read the Call to Action here.

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