Welcome, Museum Niederösterreich!

Welcome, Museum Niederösterreich!

We are thrilled to announce that a new museum has joined our growing network: please welcome Museum Niederösterreich!

This wonderful museum already has a lot to be proud of concerning its commitments to sustainability, and they have no interest in stopping now.

The museum announced its support for the global Fridays For Future and Museums For Future movements in the November of 2019, and despite everything going on in the world this past year has opened a very special exhibition in the summer of 2020, entitled “Climate & Me.”

Image from the Museum Niederösterreich website, photo of the “Climate and me” exhibition. Read more about the exhibition here!

The exhibition will be on show until August 2021 in the museum’s House of Nature. For all those who will be able to visit the museum once cultural institutions re-open in Austria, making a trip to this well-founded, interactive exhibition will be well worth it!

In its mission statement, the Museum of Lower Austria has dedicated itself entirely to sustainability, and it has just become the second museum in the whole of Austria and the first in Lower Austria to be awarded the Austrian Ecolabel!

It is a great pleasure for us to officially welcome this sustainable museum to Museums For Future!

To learn more about the museum, visit their website, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

To read the original German language version of this newsletter, click here.

Museums Facing Extinction – new video collection!

Museums Facing Extinction – new video collection!

Our longtime partner, We Are Museums has just posted a fantastic collection of videos entitled Museums Facing Extinction – check it out!

It features inspiring online presentations from renowned museum professionals speaking about the various challenges museums face(d) in 2020 and the inspiring opportunities they have to help build the world back in a better, more sustainable way.

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Climate & Fossil Fuels

Climate & Fossil Fuels

Coal, natural gas and oil are still the world’s most important sources of energy. Their combustion releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that are the main causative factors of global warming. Added to that are ‘large-scale fossil fuel construction projects’ such as motorways and airports. Not only does their construction consume vast amounts of resources and release CO2, their operation also contributes to a much diminished use of climate-friendly infrastructure facilities. The only realistic way to reduce emissions and therefore preserve the Earth from climate collapse is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energies and reduce our global energy consumption. So where do we currently stand within that process? What steps do we need to take, and how can a fair and equitable transition actually work on a global level?


Dominik Schmitz, Centre for Global Change & Sustainability, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Karin Hiltgartner, Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology
Klaus Schafler, artist
Anna Lindorfer, Fridays for Future activist and graduand, Vienna University of Technology
Moderation: Michael Huber, Kurier/futurezone

Participation is free of charge; please REGISTER at anmeldung@kunsthauswien.com

The event is part of the Future Talk: Climate X Change series. 

Talking Climate: Displacements + Gulf Coast Stories

Talking Climate: Displacements + Gulf Coast Stories

The Climate Museum is launching a terrific event series called Second Fridays, kicking off with the discussion series Talking Climate! Join them on the second Friday of every month for conversations about climate and inequality, with additional special events featured throughout the year!

The first event will include an open session on the topic of displacement as a consequence of climate change, while second part will be an exclusive conversation between Vann R. Newkirk II and Virginia Hanusik on their distinct creative processes, and their research and storytelling in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Check out the program and find out more about speakers and participants here!

Psst! There are only limited number of seats available for the second section of the event, Gulf Coast Stories, so make sure you sign up now!

Advent, Advent, the earth is on fire … Climate Watch on the Window Sill

Advent, Advent, the earth is on fire … Climate Watch on the Window Sill

“Lights out, light a candle” on December 12th

“As part of a Climate Watch on the Window Sill, candles placed on European window sills can send a signal for the climate and solidarity – everyone acting individually, yet all together, too. Under the hashtag #klimawache2020, everyone can share their own contributions through social media, resulting in an online sea of lights, in line with the motto of “lights out, light a candle”.

The climate crisis has been pushed out of the spotlight of reports and discussions by COVID-19. All the more important, therefore, to raise awareness again. To this end, the Graz Natural History Museum, together with prominent partners and the wider population, is calling for a campaign throughout Austria, Climate Watch on the Window Sill, to take place from 6 pm on December 12th, the day on which the Paris Agreement on climate change was reached.

Anyone wishing to take part and send a signal should place a burning candle in their window for one hour or longer from 6 pm on December 12th and turn off the lights in the rooms inside. In order to make this communal climate watch on the window sill visible online, too, photos and videos can be shared on social media under the hashtag #klimawache2020.”

Read more about the action and get your candles ready!

Digitales Lichtermeer – #FightFor1Point5

Digitales Lichtermeer – #FightFor1Point5
🎂 5 Jahre Pariser Abkommen: Am 12. Dezember 2015 hat sich die Politik dazu verpflichtet, die Erderhitzung auf 1,5 Grad zu beschränken. Fünf Jahre danach schlittern wir auf einen Temperaturanstieg von 3 bis 5 Grad zu und damit auf unvorstellbare Lebensbedingungen.🌪️🌊
🙅‍♀️ Die Politik handelt, als gäbe es kein Morgen. Doch Fridays For Future fordert Zukunft ein! Mach am Freitag beim weltweiten Online-Protest mit:
🕯️🕯️🕯️ Digitales Lichtermeer #FightFor1Point5: Schnapp dir am 11. Dezember ein Streikschild und Kerzen und poste DEINE Botschaft mit dem Hashtag #FightFor1Point5 auf Social Media! Du kannst uns dein Foto auch an mitmachen@fridaysforfuture.at schicken. Alle Fotos werden gesammelt und gemeinsam veröffentlicht.
🗣️ Zusätzlich wird am Platz der Menschenrechte von 17:00 bis 19:00 Uhr der Hashtag #FightFor1Point5 mit Kerzen aufgebaut. Werdet Teil der Aktion und bringt ab 15:00 Uhr Kerzen und Gläser (als Windschutz) beim Platz der Menschenrechte vorbei. Von 17:00 bis 19:00 Uhr gibt es dort Reden und Musik. 😷 Mund-Nasen-Klimaschutz und Abstand halten nicht vergessen! 🧕 ↔️ 💁



News from Fridays For Future!

“On Saturday, December 12th, people from around the world come together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. But there is no reason for celebration. Our leaders fail to contribute to a 1.5 degree pathway and the climate crisis is becoming uncontrollable. ​Read more! We can’t allow that to happen. ​

FFF and #FightFor1Point5 !​

Climate Fiction Festival

Climate Fiction Festival

Climate Fiction? Yep. Check out this free online literature event to find our what Climate Fiction is and why we already love the idea of it! #MFFrecommends

“3 Days of Literature Dedicated to Climate Fiction”

“Climate Fiction or cli fi is a new trend in international literature that takes the climate crisis seriously. Mystery novels, thrillers, science fiction, poetry, the social novel and narrative nonfiction – cli fi is literature with attitude and an open approach to the most important challenge of our time.”

“The Climate Fiction Festival 2020 in Berlin is the first multi-day literary festival worldwide with a sole focus on the climate crisis and literature. For the first edition, we’ve invited writers and experts from Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Turkey, the UK and the USA.”

Education for Action

Education for Action

Join the Climate Museum of New York City for an online celebration of what has already been accomplished and what the future holds for the museum and its extensive community. #MFFrecommends

“Please join us for a live stream Open House for GivingTuesday! We’ll celebrate all our community accomplished in this challenging year and preview what’s to come in 2021. We look forward to hearing your input. The Climate Museum team and special programming partners will share our plans for panel discussions, internships and youth arts, climate engagement tools, and future exhibitions—all with a focus on new opportunities and new imperatives.”

Find our more here!

Using Art for Climate Change

Using Art for Climate Change

Art, performance, climate, activism. Check out the upcoming Climate Cafe of Aberdeen Climate Action, entitled Using Art for Climate Change. #MFFrecommends


“December’s Climate Cafe brings us talented performers and activists. The Climate Cafe is a monthly event organised by Aberdeen Climate Action. Each month focuses on a different topic related to climate action, research and solutions. This month will follow a slightly different structure, we will be hearing from a selection of artists and storytellers, who will be performing and talking about their connection with the climate movement.”


The event is free and online, but don’t forget to register.

Museums and Social Impact: Climate

Although the entire program of the 2020 MuseumDigit Conference, organized by the Hungarian National Museum’s National Centre of Museological Methodology and Information is ripe with interesting events, Paviliton C will be especially interesting for anyone interested in museum sector activities addressing climate change and social justice. #MFFrecommends

Participants will include: Ferenc Jordán, Diane Drubay, Nick Merriman, Kirsten Drotner, Anna Chiara Cimoli, Maria Chiara Ciaccherri and more.

Register now, it will be online and free!