Museums Facing Extinction
Goal 1: Foster systemic changes towards a climate-resilient future, good for people and the Planet through community-based actions


A program designed by EIT Climate-KIC and We Are Museums
We are on a global journey towards a better understanding and more profound respect of our planet. Museums take a pivotal role in this process by acting as positive agents within social ecology and deploying sustainable operational models.

'Museums Facing Extinction' is a multi-year programme to turn museums and their local communities into climate leaders, and foster systemic changes towards a climate-resilient future.

Designed with respect to the local needs and specificities, this programme has the ambition to foster systemic change on a global scale.

Watch our call to action!
By combining the expertise of EIT Climate-KIC with the international community of We Are Museums, we want to construct a blueprint for a better future.
Multi-methodologies to foster climate actions at a systemic level
This programme uses different methodologies such as community building, peer-to-peer learning, collective problem-solving, systems thinking, future-thinking, long-term thinking, resilience, behavioural change and systemic change.
International experts and participants to work on hyper-local actions
In the programme, you'll learn and meet experts from the Natural History Museum of London, Tate, UN Live Museum, MO Museum, POLIN Museum, Futurium, Manchester Museum, Climate Museum UK, Museum of Discovery in Australia, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice, Climate Museum US, Museum of Movements in Sweden, Museum Für Naturkunde Berlin, Space 10, Biomimicry Frontiers, the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, and of course, our dear partner EIT Climate-KIC.
Profusion of ressources to stop re-inventing the wheel
Since November 2019, we have been compiling video recordings of lectures from international museum professionals sharing about their climate journey, as well as handbooks, meetup summaries and conference digests. These resources are available online and free to use.
From hyper-local to systemic
We have been working on a transformation process in 5 steps, unfoldable in few months or a few years, depending on the scope.
1
Research & Harvest
Collective mapping of the current local and global state of the museum field within the scope of the climate emergency. Key principles of behaviour, values and actions of museums to move towards a climate-resilient future, strengths and sore points of the industry and the possible levels of actions are being identified.
2
Cross-pollination
Ressources are being compiled and shared broadly. Discussions are being fostered within the museum sector. Local agents of change and local actions are being compiled.
3
Collaboration & Production
After mapping the current state of the museum community, museums will understand their local priorities and capacities (strategic decisions, human resources, skills, financial capacities, etc.). Within the frame of one or two levels of action or challenges, the team will produce practical take-outs to start acting towards a climate-resilient future.
4
Implementation & Replicability
Museums for Climate Justice, Climate Museum US, Museum of Movements in Sweden, Museum Für Naturkunde Berlin, Space 10, Biomimicry Frontiers, the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, and of course, our dear partner EIT Climate-KIC.
5
Sensemaking & Assesement
It is with the transformation of simple local actions into a large database of new practices, frameworks and climate actions that the museum community will be able to foster systemic change. The local variety of the "Museums Facing Extinction" programmes combined with the quality of revision ensure the so-researched impacts.
Previous events
2019
Museums Facing Extinction 2019 at the Futurium, Berlin, Germany read the report
2020
MOD Museum / Museum of Discovery, Adelaide, Australia (self-organised)
Västernorrlands Museum / IdeK, Härnösand, Sweden (self-organised)
Heritage Facing Extinction with the French National Heritage Center, Paris, France
Museums Facing Extinction 20120 with the MO Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
'From Nature to Systems Thinking' read the summary
'Democratize, Decolonize, Participate - An Approach to Futures Literacy' read the summary
Tate: Power to Change read the summary
'How to Combine Green Sustainability With Financial Sustainability? read the summary
Our 6-month program in Lithuania
We Are Museums, EIT Climate-KIC and the MO Museum join forces to produce six-months information, mentoring and co-creation programme to turn museums into agents of change and start climate actions (from Nov. 2020 to April 2021).
Do you want to start your climate journey?
With your team or solo, during a lunch break, for a few days of workshops or a program of several months, it's easy to get started!
1. Learn from your peers
We have compiled insightful and easy-to-watch short videos from international museum experts explaining how they started their climate journey.
2. Browse our resources
We provide various resources through handbooks and visual roadmaps for museums to start their climate journey.
3. Find out how your museum can start its climate journey
We created a visual roadmap to inspire you with simple and practical actions to start your journey
4. Raise awareness! Organise your own event and start the discussion
Do you want to inspire your museum or museum colleagues to be committed to the climate change agenda? Do you want to start a conversation on the climate crisis among your museum colleagues?
5. Involve your team and museum
You and your colleagues are committed to the climate change agenda? You are now ready to take action?

Let's organise a workshop with hand-picked experts! Or join a 6-month program guiding museums through change. Together, we will unveil your challenge.
This programme is supported by
EIT Climate-KIC is an EU funded knowledge and innovation community who's purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation. They are Europe's largest public-private partnership with this purpose – a growing pan-European community of diverse organisations united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at the climate change challenge. Their Community Activation team is running a series of experimental sessions, like this one, involving pioneering thinkers and organizations across Europe. During these sessions, with their partners and community, they will observe and identify patterns, make observations and search for learnings with the aim of finding unique insights to support systemic level change.

To find out more, refer to the Transformation, in Time strategy.