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Climate Change Engagement: A Different Narrative

  • Henry McGhieEmail author
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Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Abstract

Climate change engagement presents a number of challenges to museums, which tend to be most comfortable in dealing with the topics in which they are expert, and focus on presenting information. This chapter will explore some of the challenges and ‘letting go’ that could help museums reposition themselves to engage people more constructively with climate change and related issues, to embrace a more future-focused frame, and to focus more effectively on the connection between thinking–feeling–doing, and on inspiration, in order to encourage, inspire and realize positive futures. More generally, it will explore how museums could work to develop a more positive and inclusive vision of the future, as an alternative, rather than an antidote, to that presented in mass media, and to work with people at local and global levels to create and enact that narrative. The chapter proposes a set of 15 ‘shoulds’ for museums, to help global museums of any scale or subject to support climate action constructively.

Keywords

Museums Climate change Future Sustainable development goals Paris agreement 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I am grateful to Sarah Mander (Tyndall Manchester), Asher Minns (Tyndall Centre, Norwich), Ralph Underhill (formerly Public Interest Research Centre) and Tom Crompton (Common Cause Foundation) for useful discussion relating to this chapter. This chapter is dedicated to the memory and inspiration of the late Stephen Kellert.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Manchester Museum, University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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