The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice mobilizes and supports Canadian museum workers and their organizations in building public awareness, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.
The Coalition welcomes participation from people who support the goals outlined below and who are employed within Canadian museums and other cultural institutions along with those who work in support of museums in Canada and around the world including, among others, board members, volunteers, consultants, students, scholars and public servants.
As of February 2020, a national Advisory Group of five Coalition members is in place to provide overall governance and share the work. Members of the Advisory Group are Joy Davis (BC), Viviane Gosselin (BC), Robert Janes (Alberta), David Jensen (BC), Marie-Claude Mongeon (Ontario), Peter Ord (BC), and Danielle Serratos (Nova Scotia). We intend to expand this group as the work increases.
1. Help build internal awareness of climate change responses within the museum community
2. Support museums in strengthening public awareness and mitigation of climate change
3. Mobilize museums as participants and activists in public discourse on climate change.
4. Empower museums to lead by example by providing tools and resources to do so.
- Serves as a trustworthy broker to facilitate healthy and respectful dialogue among different points of view on issues confronting museums and their communities as they address climate change.
- Ensures that information regarding climate change is authentic and relevant.
- Respects and builds on diverse perspectives, including Indigenous knowledge and viewpoints.
- Updates on the Coalition
For Updates on the Coalition, please visit our News and Events Pages.
As of January 2021, the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice has nearly 2,000 followers. We are your current Advisory Group members. Scroll down to read more about us!
VIVIANE GOSSELIN – MEMBER AT LARGE
Viviane joined the Museum of Vancouver‘s team in 2010. Her work on historical and environmental literacy seeks to make the museum a more responsive, empathetic, and democratic public space that prompts people to recognize their own capacity to effect positive social change.
Viviane has led and co-curated several exhibitions that have been recognized nationally and internationally.
She has authored several articles on participatory museology and intercultural curation and is co-editor of Museums and the Past: Constructing Historical Consciousness (UBC Press). Viviane is currently involved in developing sustainable exhibition design practices with a team of city staff, architects and designers committed to creating a no-waste city. Rather than talking about innovation, she prefers to focus on the power of small wins as a mean of furthering the social and environmental work of museums.
ROBERT R. JANES – FOUNDER & CO-CHAIR
Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship from 2003 to 2014. He is also a visiting research fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). He has worked in and around museums for over 40 years as an executive, consultant, editor, author, board member, archaeologist, instructor, volunteer, and philanthropist. Janes has devoted his career to championing museums as important social institutions that are capable of making a difference in the lives of individuals and heir communities. His latest book is Museum Activism with Richard Sandell (Routledge 2019).
DAVID JENSEN – CO-CHAIR
David is the Principal at D. Jensen & Associates Ltd. D. Jensen & Associates Ltd. (DJA) is a company of exhibit designers, planners and graphic artists who for the past 40 years have been involved in the research, planning and design of exhibits for museums, science centres, world expositions, cultural institutions and government agencies.
David has a heart-felt interest and appreciation for the world around him and a wish to share this appreciation with others through his work. He understands the importance of people and teamwork, cooperation and good project and personnel management planning. David believes museum and other cultural institutions can play an important role in educating the public about climate issues and inspiring them to make changes in their everyday lives to help address this exigent situation.
MARIE-CLAUDE MONGEON – MEMBER AT LARGE
Marie-Claude Mongeon currently works at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She previously held various positions at the National Gallery of Canada for over 15 years, where she recently led an ongoing discussion group on greening museum activities. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ottawa, in visual arts and art history, as well as an International Baccalaureate Diploma in natural sciences. She lives in Canada’s capital region with her family, near Gatineau Park, giving her the opportunity to bike into town through gorgeous natural landscapes.
Marie-Claude Mongeon travaille au Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Auparavant, elle a tenu divers postes au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada pendant 15 ans, où elle a récemment mené un groupe de discussion pour explorer les opportunités de verdir les pratiques muséales. Elle détient deux Baccalauréats de l’Université d’Ottawa, en arts visuels et en histoire de l’art, et un diplôme du Baccalauréat International en sciences de la nature. Elle vit dans la région de la capitale nationale, près du Parc de la Gatineau, lui procurant la chance de se rendre en ville en vélo en traversant de magnifiques paysages naturels.
PETER ORD – MEMBER AT LARGE
Born and bred in the Far East, Peter first came to Canada in 1982 to receive his BA in Economics and Asian & Pacific Studies from University of Victoria. He subsequently worked in the corporate world of London, UK until deciding on a different career path in 1992 by pursuing a MA in Social Anthropology & Archaeology from Edinburgh University. He moved to Vancouver in 1996 and became founder & principal of Archaeomark Consulting, a cultural resource management company working with First Nations. Before joining the Robert Bateman Centre as Managing Director in 2015, Peter was Vice-President of Knowledge, Collection & Archives at Royal BC Museum and Director of the Penticton Museum in the Okanagan. The outdoors is his key passion and spends most of his time with his wife and two children exploring adventures on land and water.
DANIELLE J. SERRATOS – MEMBER AT LARGE
Danielle has been a science communicator and educator since 2006 and is a paleontologist who specializes in Mesozoic marine reptiles. She is the Director/Curator of the Fundy Geological Museum on the shore of the world-famous Bay of Fundy.
Danielle has been involved in projects that make natural history specimens from museum collections freely accessible online; described a new genus of elasmosaur and published the most comprehensive evolutionary understanding of Plesiosauria at the time; and created scientific expos, outreach programs, and regenerative tourism experiences that challenge the status quo of how we effectively and meaningfully communicate science to the public.
Two of Danielle’s top priorities are changing STEM and museum fields to be more inclusive and available to underrepresented minorities, as well as educating and inspiring humankind to be more proactive in providing a safe and healthy home for future generations on Earth.