Green Arts Initiative

Green Arts Charter

We’re delighted to announce we have signed the Green Arts Charter, a collaborative charter designed for and by cultural organisations within the Green Arts Initiative. Since SPRINGBOARD 2023, a cohort of organisations in the Green Arts Initiative have been working together to research, develop and design a Green Arts Charter. From meetings, workshops, and ongoing feedback, four core pledges were formed around mitigation, adaptation, collaboration, community and advocating for change. These pledges are a unifying tool that all organisations on the Green Arts Initiative can work towards. Alongside this a framework of actions has been developed, which is based on the pledges to guide an organisations environmental action planning. We’re excited to have committed to this charter and look forward to planning our actions around these pledges.


Reduce our emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. We question the ways we work, the impact we have on our planet, and how our organisation sits within wider society’s climate change mitigation and adaptation. As part of this, we endeavour to reduce our impact as well as recognise that as trusted messengers in our communities we have a responsibility to shape and promote a net-zero future.

Inspire our communities and collaborate with others to deliver climate action. We collaborate with other GAI members to achieve collective climate action by sharing resources, learning and tools amongst the network. We understand the importance of strengthening communities and collaborating to deliver effective climate action, and that as cultural organisations we have a unique power to support this. We endeavour to work with our local communities, cultural community and those outside the cultural sector to deliver climate action and resilience.

Advocate for climate action and influence for change. We recognise the power of the arts and culture to influence and advocate for action on climate change. We embed this in our workplans and recognise our ability to influence and support climate action within the cultural community and outside the sector.

Embed climate justice in our organisation and any climate action we do. The term climate justice expresses how climate change is a social and political issue as much as a technical or environmental one and therefore speaks to the importance of the cultural sector’s role in a climate-ready future. We pledge to view all our climate action through a justice lens, asking how what we do, who we work with and the way we work impacts people locally and globally.

Read more and sign up to the charter on the Creative Carbon Scotland website.

We are proud to be part of the Green Arts Initiative, an interactive community of Scottish arts organisations working to reduce their environmental impact.

Run by Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh since 2013, the Green Arts Initiative supports Scottish arts organisations to be at the forefront of growing an environmentally sustainable Scotland.

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