For those of you who have long been following the work of Julie’s Bicycle, this post may not give you anything new but TNN has recently undertaken to complete an environmental assessment of our organisation using nothing but the resources through Julie’s Bicycle and the support of like-minded theatre peers in Australia.

In the spirit of making this world a better place and knowing that the theatre sector is instrumental in this, we thought we’d share our journey with you in case you wanted to do the same. As we progress we’ll share with you how TNN gets on with our pledge…and perhaps we’ll inspire others to do the same or share their stories…

“Julie’s Bicycle supports the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by focusing on energy, the major source of carbon emissions for the cultural sector. More than 2,000 companies use the Creative Industry Green Tools, our suite of carbon calculators, and our certification scheme, Creative Green, is the recognised benchmark for sustainability achievement within the creative industries.

We have a deep engagement with the arts and cultural sector, working with organisations and independent professionals across the UK and internationally to embed environmental sustainability into their operations, creative work and business practice.”

Feel deflated by climate change? Take charge!

There is so much excellent work being done in theatre and the arts to improve our environment that it seems a shame not to also include a tiny peak into that:

  • EcoArts Australia was raised at TNN’s Beyond The Limits forum late last year and is a key resource for Australian artists seeking to support sustainability through their work.
  • This May (and June) The Seymour Centre presents 2071: A Performance About Climate Change by Duncan MacMillan and Chris Rapley. This is the Australian Premiere of this work and is part of Seymour’s Great Ideas series which engages with significant issues of our time, provoking thought and public discourse around big contemporary questions. You can also join post-show discussions on The Politics of the Energy Crisis, World Environment Day Panel Discussion, and Arts and Activism.
  • STC and other venues have gone green but it is not just the majors who are able to do so…lots of small, independent, and medium-sized companies do it to.
  • And of course there is this current climate change/theatre action that you can join …
  • Green Theatre is another US based blog (and there are a few) that can give you links and tips

What do you or your company do in this area? Do you feel overwhelmed, overjoyed or just determined? Please share your stories with TNN and your colleagues. 

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