Cultural heritage and climate change

Cultural heritage and climate change
On March 19, the Fridays For Future Movement and Europeana Climate Action Group invite you to join a meeting to discuss collective climate action with a focus on steps that the cultural heritage sector can take to achieve this.

As a sector, a call to action is needed to fight against climate change, and work together to protect our planet. The programme will highlight and share the climate action work that has been done by cultural heritage professionals, as well as introduce a Climate Action Map where cultural heritage institutions and organisations can share their climate actions, whether small or large.



10:00 – 10:10 Welcome by Barbara Fischer

10:10 – 10:20 Your Digital footprint by Patrick Ehlert

10:20 – 10:30 Inspiration on the ‘Museums On the Climate Journey’ roadmap by Diane Drubay

10:30 – 10:40 Museums For Future by Anna Krez

10:40 – 10:50 Culture Declares Emergency by Bridget McKenzie

10:50 -11:00 Presentation of the map by Kathryn Cassidy and Killian Downing

11:00 – 11:20 Debate moderated by Diane Drubay and Killian Downing

11:20 – 11:30 Wrap up by Barbara Fischer


More information can be found in this news piece on Europeana Pro.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 19 March.

Please note: Europeana is beginning to monitor attendance at our events to try to make sure that we are reaching as wide and diverse a section of the community working with or interested in digital cultural heritage as we possibly can. We ask you a series of questions relating to your age, gender identification and whether you have a visible or invisible disability. The disclosure of this information is completely voluntary. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all data disclosed will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and Europeana’s privacy policy. You can also read the Europeana Network Association Code of Conduct. We will anonymise your data and only use, analyse and report on anonymised data. Where a respondent voluntarily provides personal information, this data will be used only for the purposes for which it is provided, and not passed to any third party, unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law.

Global Climate Strike!

Global Climate Strike!
Museums For Future will take part in the #NoMoreEmptyPromises campaign by hosting an online #CuratorBattle with the theme #BiggestMouth. Are you in?
Show us the #biggestmouth of your collection in a Twitter or Instagram post!
Decision-makers are fast when it comes to applauding and promising Climate Action.
But besides a big mouth, we need real action … so we decided to approach this with a
pinch of humor. Find an object with the most spectacular mouth in your collection (as
an individual find big-mouthed artworks and link the museum), post it with the hashtag #BiggestMouth, nominate other institutions or people and help us get the message out for #NoMoreEmptyPromises.

Take a look at the Museum Climate Action Day Map shared by The ENA Climate Group & We Are Museums and join their Climate Strike Day Online Event on March 19th. Come, network, hang out, and get inspired by other institutions on how they are trying to become a role model in fighting the biggest crisis of our time.

News from our network: Europeana Network Association Climate Group

News from our network: Europeana Network Association Climate Group

“In this post, Barbara Fischer of the Europeana Network Association Climate Group shares how they are working and collaborating with other cultural heritage movements  to raise awareness of climate change in the cultural heritage sector. Find out more about a new cultural heritage climate action map and event on 19 March!”

Read the full article here!

MAK highlighting sustainability

MAK highlighting sustainability

The Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna, a first-hour MuseumsForFuture partner, presents their 2021 program, which again highlights on issues of sustainability, high-quality craftsmanship and longevity of products, local production, and social responsibility.

The essay elaborates on the MAK initiative WIENER WERKSTÄTTE (Viennese Workshop) and the concept of CLIMATE MODERNITY.

“2021 will be a key year for setting the course for an ecologically and socially sustainable future in the Digital Age. Never since 1945 has the future been so open, never before has it been within our power to change so much in a positive direction.”

MAK climate modernity

Read the full essay here!

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

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

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.

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 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 !​

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