The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice engages with other organizations and groups on projects which pursue mutual objectives, amplify collective efforts, and provide museums with tools and references towards raising eco-awareness and eco-responsibility in our community.
Ongoing and past projects are listed here.
CREATIVE GREEN TOOLS
In April 2020, the Quebec Drama Federation launched Create Green Tools Canada dedicated to developing a comprehensive set of environmental impact assessment tools, specifically for the arts sector. The tools aim to address the mounting urgency of the climate crisis and empower the entire Canadian artistic sector to do its part.
Nowadays, the CG Tools Canada are under the umbrella of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. The CG Tools can be used across arts and culture sub-sectors, including theater, dance, museums, galleries, music, libraries, archives and more!
Look to the CG Tools website for ongoing events and to learn more about using this free resource for the cultural sector: www.cgtoolscanada.org
Museum Studies Call to Action (past project)
Initiated in November 2018, the project is no longer ongoing. Over the course of three intensive weeks, the Coalition called upon various universities to consider approaches to climate action in museums – and in museum studies.Our goal was to generate discussion around the ways in which museums studies programs can further integrate climate action in their programming.
The initiatives generated many offline conversations ; through this process, we have learned that a number of programs are actively engaged in climate action programming while others are planning new initiatives. Since the project, we continue to follow museum studies programs across Canada and well beyond make use of their considerable influence to build awareness of museums’ capacity for climate action.
Museum studies programs have been influential members of the museum community for decades. They play important roles in advancing meaningful roles for museums through their thoughtful critique of underlying principles, through their dedication to excellence in teaching and learning about established and emergent practices, and through the ways they advance knowledge through research. And at this time of increasing concern about the impacts of climate change, they are positioned to build the attitudes, knowledge, skills and partnerships needed to encourage climate action in museum contexts.
Participants included museums studies programs across Canada, and internationally :
- British Columbia Museums Association – Events and programs
- University of Victoria – Cultural Resource Management Program
- Alberta Museums Association – Professional Development
- Athabasca University – Heritage Resources Management Program
- Centennial College – Museum and Cultural Management Program
- Fleming College – Museum Management and Curatorship & Cultural Heritage and Management Programs
- Ontario Museums Association – Professional Development
- University of Toronto – Master of Museum Studies Program
- Université du Québec à Montréal – Cycles supérieurs en muséologie
- Commonwealth Association of Museums