On 19th November, Julie hosted an event in the European Parliament entitled " Arts, Environment and Society: How can artists contribute to the fight against climate change?", which aimed at exploring how artists can contribute to the fight against climate change.
The event, organised to build a momentum among MEPs ahead of the COP21 in Paris, gathered artists, cultural workers and scientists working on projects linking Arts & Culture and Climate change.
Among speakers presenting their projects and exchanging their views were:
David Buckland, Cape Farewell (UK) and Jacqueline Heerema, Satellietgroep (NL) on how to build synergies between Arts and Science to foster creativity for innovation;
Alice Audouin, Art of Change 21 (FR) and Anna Galkina, Platform London (UK) on Arts, citizen mobilisation and activism, or how to change the cultural narrative around climate change
And Alison Tickell, from Julie's Bicycle (UK), who gave a great best practice presentation on how her organisation provides support for artists for them to be actors of change.
The event started with a creative and artistic intervention animated by artist Seaming To and Debra King, manager of Brighter Sound (Manchester).
The event was a start of a conversation that Julie will keep alive in her work as a member of the Culture committee in the Parliament.