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Engaging the public on climate change

Engaging the public on climate change

SUMMARY

A report by The Creative Ireland Programme presenting findings and insights from a two-month period of research into the role of the cultural and creative sectors in engaging the public on climate change.

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This document presents the findings and insights from a two-month period of research into the role of the cultural and creative sectors in engaging the public on climate change

It involved a high-level literature review, desk based research into projects which have taken place in Ireland, and a number of interviews with key stakeholders.

This report is addressed towards both creative and cultural communities to further develop an understanding of their role in the transition to a climate resilient carbon neutral society. It is also addressed to those working in climate action, with the aim of raising awareness of the opportunities offered by the creative and cultural sectors.

It is not an exhaustive account of activity in Ireland, but a high-level snapshot of activity and an exploratory first step towards appreciating the role culture and creativity in engaging the public in climate change and climate action.

It further explores the opportunities for the Creative Ireland Programme and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to promote collaboration between the Cultural, Creative and environmental sectors and encourages further work in this area.

It concludes with a number of recommendations, identifying that there is now a window of opportunity to develop synergies between these sectors.

This research was undertaken by MCO Projects on behalf of the Creative Ireland Programme Office. The Creative Ireland Programme is a five-year interdepartmental all-of-Government initiative, running from 2017 to 2022, which aims to place creativity at the centre of public policy and to promote individual, community and national wellbeing through culture-based programmes.

The vision and intent of the Creative Ireland Programme is to promote collaboration between different levels of government and engagement with the broad cultural sector, creative practitioners, creative industries and the public.

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Resource type: Research | Published: 2021