ENVIRONMENT

Mission Statement

  • GO is committed to delivering our creative vision in a way that is both artistically thoughtful and environmentally sustainable, reconciling stewardship of the arts with stewardship of the natural world. 

  • GO is committed to inspiring ownership of the emotions and narrative of climate change through our performances and outreach projects, cultivating a space in which audiences and artists alike are encouraged to talk openly and listen readily.

  • GO is committed to designing and delivering workshops to school pupils and students to demystify climate change for the next generation of artists in both practical and imaginative terms. 

  • GO is committed to engaging in partnerships and collaborations in order to share best practice, to amplify the important work of other green organisations, and to take a lead in sector-wide behaviour change. 

  • GO is committed to championing diversity and inclusion in the arts, recognising the intersectionality and unequal discrimination of climate change.

  • GO is committed to asking that our artists and partners actively work with us to reduce our environmental impacts, using contractual Green Riders where applicable.

Future Goals:

  • GO is working towards accurately measuring our carbon footprint; by creating and adopting an environmental policy, sustainability will be integrated into all aspects of our work.   

  • GO pledges to communicate our green choices with consistency, transparency and intention.

Seats for seeds

 

For every ticket purchased

For every £10 donated

 We pledge to plant a tree

GO is delighted to partner with the Eden Reforestation Projects. They reduce extreme poverty and restore healthy forests by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year.

 

In the five countries where they work—Nepal, Madagascar, Indonesia, Mosambique, and Haiti—deforestation has caused extensive damage to natural ecosystems and exacerbated extreme poverty among forest-dependent human communities. Eden hires poorest in society to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale. Their “employ to plant methodology” results in a multiplication of positive socio-economic and environment measures. Eden is one of the most cost-effective projects of its kind, ensuring that the maximum proceeds go into fostering these local communities and reducing the impacts of deforestation.

 

GO wholeheartedly supports the Eden Reforestation Projects objectives to:

  • Globally restore native forests

  • Provide food for villagers, shelter for wildlife, shade, medicines, soil regeneration and climate regulation through a village-wide tree-planting program

  •  Lift local people and communities out of extreme poverty

Partnerships

 

Teach the Future

Teach the Future is a youth-led campaign to urgently repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. We are delighted to be a Supporter Organisation alongside organisations like Greenpeace, NUS, and The Carbon Literacy Project. We believe that arts have a key role to play in our education which thus far fails to reflect the severity of the climate crisis. 

Staging Change

Staging Change is a grassroots artist-led organisation, which supports theatre makers responding to the climate crisis. It’s time for change. As part of the wider #CreativeClimate and #GreenArts movement, Staging Change is working to create a green future for theatre. The "Staging Change Network" of performers, makers, venues and organisations work together to discuss how the industry can overcome the challenges it faces in becoming more environmentally sustainable. To read the interview with founder, Alice Boyd, about Green Opera's work and participation in the network, click here

Future Fringe

Recently, we were proud to lend our voice to the #FutureFringeCampaign. With the cancellation of Edinburgh Fringe 2020, we all have a unique opportunity to make it even better. To reduce its environmental impact, and the waste associated with the props, costumes, and flyers from almost four thousand shows. To ensure we are all taking huge steps forward in the festival’s physical and financial accessibility. To protect diversity in all of its forms, and build a space that is fair and welcoming for everyone. 

 

Music Declares Emergency

Music Declares Emergency is a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We acknowledge the environmental impact of music industry practices and commit to taking urgent action. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future. 

 

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