How can Early Music stakeholders act for a fairer, more sustainable world?

How can Early Music stakeholders act for a fairer, more sustainable world?
REMA and its members recognize the urgent and significant challenges posed by climate change. With a clear understanding of its wide-ranging effects on both our cultural and global landscapes, REMA has developed a transition plan for aimed at the early music sector. The goal is to raise awareness among members and actively pursue sustainable development initiatives, aiming for a future where artistic pursuits align with eco-consciousness. Started in 2022 a number of actions are now being taken to facilitate the sector’s transition, on different layers:

1. Raising Awareness
REMA aims to support its members in their transformation, and to help them develop their skills. In partnership with Galatea consulting, REMA has organized a series of reflection workshops to help members gain a better understanding of ecological challenges and explore the implications of an ecological strategy for the cultural sector. These workshops serve as a platform for participants to engage, share insights, and collectively build capacity for action. The next workshop, open to the entire early music community, is scheduled for December at the Early Music Summit in Bruges. This session will delve deeper into topics discussed in previous workshops. To access detailed minutes from past workshops >

2. REMA as a Change Maker
REMA also actively seeks to contribute and drive change within the sector. This is accomplished by bringing together highly motivated members of the network to form thematic working groups. The goal of these groups is to develop recommendations and best practices that can inspire the broader sector. The topics for these working groups are identified through extensive studies conducted among REMA members, with the findings expected to be released by the end of 2023.

3. REMA as a Resource
REMA’s mission is to inform and serve as a repository of information on ecological issues in the European cultural sector. REMA communicates with its members about the latest developments and relevant information for their activities.

4. REMA as a Role Model

REMA, like the rest of the sector, is undergoing a transformation and recognized its own impact by organizing various events throughout the year. As part of this journey, REMA is participating in the SHIFT project eco certification along with 16 other European networks. This project aims to provide training for cultural leaders, foster collaboration, and address global challenges. The goal is to implement necessary changes and share acquired knowledge with leaders and staff members in cultural networks and the broader cultural sector. Currently, REMA has already taken action by forming a green team and implementing sustainable policies for event organization, creating travel guidelines for REMA staff and freelance workers, monitored with a carbon footprint calculator.

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