Focus On: Climate Action
What is the climate action priority area?
Scotland’s museums and galleries will be environmentally sustainable organisations that take action to meet net zero targets.
Museums and galleries have a crucial role to play in helping our society to reach net zero. By educating, influencing, and engaging with people right across Scotland, they can encourage communities to take positive climate action by 2030.
If you’re looking to build climate action into more of your work, you’ll find plenty of helpful information in the resources below.
In 2022 MGS conducted a sector-wide survey to understand the views and actions of Scotland’s museums and galleries.
65% of respondents strongly agreed that their organisations considered climate change to be an important issue that needed to be addressed.
However, only 16% were currently measuring their carbon footprint – which highlighted that few felt they had the knowledge or capacity to take action.
Read our blog post to find out how to measure the carbon footprint of your organisation.
Climate action resources
These museum case studies cover a range of topics including engagement programmes at National Mining Museum Scotland, Carbon Literacy at MGS, and climate-friendly policies at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
Explore our advice on how museums and galleries can improve their sustainability and engage with audiences on climate action.
This powerful resource from the Carbon Literacy Project offers workers the skills and confidence to take climate action within museums.
This climate action toolkit by Creative Carbon Scotland which is full of ideas to help your organisation tackle the climate crisis.
Help build climate action in the museum and heritage sector with this library of useful tools and information.
Glasgow Women’s Library has created a practical plan which sets out the changes they will make to reach “operational net zero” by 2030.
A library of climate justice resources created by Julie’s Bicycle for the arts and culture community.
Audience research specialists Indigo have published a report on audience attitudes towards the role of cultural organisations in tackling the climate emergency.
Climate action at your museum or gallery
The following questions can help you and your organisation to gauge where you are on your climate action journey and help the museum sector meet net zero targets.
You can use your collections, cultural programming, and indoor and outdoor spaces to educate visitors and inspire positive climate action. Your museum can join Good Journey to encourage visitors to use sustainable transport.
The climate action aims of Scotland’s museums and galleries strategy are reflected in our grants outcomes and expectations.
Funding applications must address one or more of our grants outcomes depending on the requirements of the fund. Projects may include objectives such as improving carbon literacy amongst your staff and volunteers or reviewing your environmental impact to identify any improvements that you can make.
The MGS Capital Resilience Fund is open for applications until Tuesday 21 November 2023. This fund aims to build the resilience of museums by increasing energy efficiency, reducing running costs, and preventing increases in maintenance and repair costs.
Find out more
Climate action connects with other areas of the strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries. Achieving the strategy’s climate action aims can have a positive impact on your progress towards the financial resilience, education, and collaboration priority areas, too.
Next month, we’ll be focussing on the financial resilience priority area of the strategy. If you have any resources, case studies, or questions relating to the climate action or financial resilience priority areas, please get in touch.