There is a fundamental correlation between cultural practices and the ‘greening’ of our societies, however it is necessary to recognise that they both could have a positive and/or negative impact on each other.
Cultural and creative sectors can contribute to positive shifts of attitudes and practices towards a more economic, socially and environmentally sustainable future both at the individual and the societal level, as outlined by Agenda21 for Culture and fully acknowledged by the Committee of the Regions (CoR), that also pledges to work at local and regional level to reach these goals. On the other hand, Cultural and Creative Sectors’ (CCS) mobility practices and use of materials can also have negative implications for the environment: taking the EU digital agenda as an evident example, the environmental impact of the current data consumption is immense.
The EU Green Deal has the potential to provide solutions that would benefit arts, culture, education, as well as everyone, to operate in a greener and more sustainable way.
Read Culture Action Europe and its members position on the contribution of arts and culture in the European Green Deal here.