Online Event: Climate Change: What Can Culture Do?

Culture and cultural activities play a pivotal role in addressing the climate challenges ahead. Our interventions can positively and sustainably affect our behaviours. We can provide spaces for experimenting with climate solutions at a local level. We can be a force to inspire other sectors and influence policies. But over the past decades, the topic of climate change and sustainability has been mostly absent in our strategies. How can we change that? What can we do to help turn the tide?

We invited Julie Ward, Farah Makki and Sebastian Schlüter to explore these and more questions with us. Join the conversation and share your experiences, practices or questions. And get inspired by connecting with the contributors as well as the people from our communities. The conversation will be moderated by Jotham Sietsma, MitOst director and Tandem coordinator.

about the participants

Julie Ward is founder of the social enterprise Jack Drum Arts based in the north of England. She participated in the first round of Tandem Ukraine-Moldova. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 2014-2020 and Vice Chair of the Culture and Education Committee. She is a core member of the campaign Culture Declares Emergency.

Farah Makki is a researcher and consultant in intercultural cooperation for sustainable development projects. “Mediation Culture” represents her engagement for participatory place-making and policy making in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Part of the Tandem Shaml community, she recently represented MitOst in the Voices of Culture – Structured Dialogue with the EU on Culture and Sustainable Development Goals.

Sebastian Schlüter is programme coordinator for Actors of Urban Change at MitOst. He has a PhD in social geography. Together with many partners across Europe he initiated the network Spaces of Adaptation.

Join us!

If you are interested in starting the conversation with us, sharing and exchanging ideas on how we can create this force, and reflect on the way we design our strategies and what we can change, we invite you to join our call.

Practical info

The event will take place online on Zoom:

on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 7 PM  to 8:30 PM (CET, Berlin time)

After a plenary conversation of about 30 minutes, we will continue in smaller groups to facilitate a deeper exchange.