Art and action on climate change

May 15 / 158

Caroline Lambert (EU Delegation) shares her thoughts during the panel discussion
Caroline Lambert (EU Delegation) shares her thoughts during the panel discussion


The value of art in building climate change action was highlighted at a screening and panel discussion at ACMI last week as part of the CLIMARTE festival.


Over 100 guests attended the screening of ‘Art From a Changing Arctic’, presented by the University of Melbourne European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges in collaboration with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) and ACMI.


The documentary – led by artist David Buckland and featuring artists, musicians, writers and a choreographer – provided a powerful commentary on climate change. Travelling to the Arctic on a schooner, the artists reflected its other-worldly terrain in works using sound, light, ice, photography and movement. 


A panel discussed how art can engage people with issues of climate change. Professor John Wiseman (MSSI), Professor David Karoly (EU Centre), Caroline Lambert (Climate and Environment Counsellor, EU Delegation), Guy Abrahams (CLIMARTE) and David Buckland (Cape Farewell), each shared their impressions of the screening and what it takes to motivate politicians and the community.  


HE Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Australia said “artistic expression helps us give a real sense of the facts which otherwise remain in the realm of science.


“If we engage people on a personal level on this very complex issue then I think we get a better chance of people taking action and speaking to others about it, ” said Guy Abrahams, director of CLIMARTE.


Professor Karoly reminded attendees that climate change is right here, right now.


“You actually don’t have to go very far from Melbourne to see what climate change is causing in terms of the impacts already.”


Story by Justine Jones

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