13 May 2014 at 12.04pm | Comment on this article
Addressing the Culture Change conference, Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at University College London stated his belief that creativity must be at the centre of shaping future climate and asked the audience of cultural Small and Medium Enterprises to be confident about sustainability and the difference they can make. He went on to call for cultural organizations to "push on the door, it's unlocked".
Speaking at the event, which took place at the Royal Opera House in February, Professor Rapley shared messages that came out of the first Working Group report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He stated that the report indicated a "pattern of evidence [which] shows that the world is warming. It's completely unequivocal" and discussed the evidence which demonstrates that over the last 30-50 years, humans have had a major impact on the planetary system.
He warned that if our behaviour remains unchanged, we will see more climate disruption. However, he outlined how we can help shape the future and emphasized that creativity must be at the base of this.
Cheap energy, new investment models that take advantage of our interconnectivity and increased confidence will be vital to shaping our future. Rapley believes that these can only be achieved through creative thinking.
The event launched the Royal Opera House Culture Change programme, which aims to support creative and cultural industries as they develop sustainable practices. The programme is designed for SMEs in the East of England and offers a minimum of 12 hours of free business support to participating organizations.