COP21 and the Creative Sector: JB in Conversation

We invited Regents Professor Diana Liverman and Mark Meyrick from Good Energy to discuss the outcomes of COP21 and what next steps for the creative sector might look like.

Our first Twitter Live Chat captured a wide ranging conversation between JB's Alison Tickell (@JB_Alison) and special guests Diana Liverman, Regents Professor of Geography and Development and co-Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona (@DianaLiv) and Mark Meyrick, Trading and Origination Director of Good Energy (@GoodEnergy) who has been an accredited observer at a number of COPs. 

We heard them talk of 'a landscape of encouragement' and respond to various questions from twitter followers about how cultural responses might shift from echoing the climate problem to positively enabling change. 

COP21 and the Creative Sector Live Chat by Juliesbicycle on Mixcloud

Reflecting on the COP21 agreement Alison told us "it was extraordinary for me, I was really excited by it, essentially it entails a total decarbonisation of global energy" she added, "what was really overwhelming was the level of diplomacy at the highest order and it was a diplomacy not just of politicians but of non-state actors... faith groups, community groups, youth groups, investors and the creative and cultural industries came together in many diverse ways."

Diana responded, "for many of us it was better than we imagined, countries made serious commitments, including China and India... the fact that 1.5 degrees got into the agreement as a long term goal has been something that a lot of groups, scientists and NGOs, have been arguing for for a long time, because the risks at 2 degrees are really quite serious, especially for small island countries."

Mark added, "I'm going to sound a note of caution because it was a huge success in terms of the world agreeing to take action on climate change but I can understand the Nicaraguan position that we've put off immediate action until tomorrow when we need to do something today."

In response to @markgodber's question, 'Do we think COP21 will lead to more or less climate activity in the cultural sector?' Alison answered: 

"I'm honour bound to say YES... The key that really needs to be unlocked here is how the cultural sector responds in all its diversity, but in a much more in-depth way... coming together as an interesting collection of artistic and creative disciplines to understand that the creative industries are an ecology of practice that have an inordinate influence on the world in terms of how it is designed, how it is narrated and felt, and therefore how movements of cultural change are really galvanised. That is what the framework that came out of Paris creates, an opportunity that we have to rise to." 

"Above all now we have to keep this conversation alive."

You can listen to the full recording above or at the link below.

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