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Climate action summit hopes to turn the industry activist

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14 February 2020

ARTS COUNCIL England (ACE) and charity Julie’s Bicycle will be holding a climate action summit for the cultural and creative community, with speakers including Jamie Oborne, manager of The 1975 and co-founder of the Dirty Hit label, and Brian Eno.

The event, We Make Tomorrow, will take place on 26 February at The Royal Geographic Society in London and bring together 300 delegates to discuss how the cultural sector can strive for a carbon-zero future.

“Julie’s Bicycle’s ongoing work with ACE demonstrates that there is no opposition between what art is and how art does, reducing emissions prompts creativity and activism, and vice versa,” says Julie’s Bicycle CEO Alison Tickell.

“We Make Tomorrow demonstrates that creative ideas and action are everywhere, connecting culture to energy, finance, circular economy and nature alongside climate justice, place-making and community.”

Andrew Ellerby, senior manager, environmental sustainability & combined arts at ACE says, “The Arts Council is delighted to be working with Julie’s Bicycle on this urgently needed event, which will host an exciting line-up of high profile speakers as well as performances and workshops, asking what we need to do to achieve a more sustainable future and how culture can help us get there.”

The event will include keynote speeches, interactive sessions, performances and cross-disciplinary discussions.

Founded in 2007, Julie’s Bicycle supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Last year, the two organisations collaborated on a report titled Sustaining Great Art and Culture, celebrating the successes of cultural organisations’ efforts towards national and international climate targets.

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