On 10 May 2019 the Climate Collective – an interdisciplinary team consisting of museum specialists, scientists, artists and activists – worked on a model which could be implemented in cooperation with the local community of Katowice/Silesia in response to climate challenges.
The discussion was attended by Patryk Białas (activist), Katarzyna Bizacka (activist/Muzeum Śląskie), Ewa Chomicka (POLIN Museum), Michał Łuczak (artist), Diana Lelonek (artist), Aleksandra Matuszczyk (City Museum of Tychy), Katarzyna Podyma (Municipal Museum in Żory) and Piotr Skubała (University of Silesia). The Climate Collective investigated how museums could become the agents of pro-environmental activities in their local communities and what barriers are encountered by those who want to initiate work for the environment. The group also put forward some suggestions for the ‘Museums for climate’ manifesto.
On 27 and 28 May 2019, international guests were invited to run keynotes and panels were presented to the international community of museum experts at We Are Museums 2019 at the Museum Slaskie in Poland.
Therefore, the conference kick-off with a series of inspiration vision of today’s museum’s issues including the participation of Robert R. Janes, Founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (Canada) in video and Michael Peter Edson, Co-founder of the Museum for the United Nations (United States) in videoconference.
The plenary session “Museums as green revolution leaders” gathered guests speakers including Dr Kristin Alford, Director of the MOD Museum (Australia), Morien Rees, Museum Development Advisor at the Varanger Museum and Chair of the ICOM Working Group on Sustainability (Norway), Bridget McKenzie, Founder of the Climate Museum UK at Flow Associates (United Kingdom) and Ewa Chomicka representing the Climate Collective set up by the POLIN Museum and the Silesian Museum (Poland).
Among the workshops, participants were able to attend the session “Be the Captain Planet of your institution” by Artur Povodor, sales strategist at Cultware Sp. Zoo. (Poland).
On 29 May 2019, the representant of the Climate Collective gathered at We Are Museums with a small group of museum experts already working on the climate issues or willing to. During this day, the group worked on ways museums could activate their green potential but also how to engage with the local communities.
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