Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Cultural Event of the Council of Europe: Art and Climate Change

on 29 September 2009 at 2pm, Council of Europe, Meeting room 6


Climate change, sustainability and environment are among the most pressing concerns of the 21st century. They raise a series of issues related to human rights and dignity which are of strong concern for the Council of Europe. The debates so far, dominated by political and scientific arguments, have not mobilized the public opinion strongly enough in order to trigger decisive steps to deal with climate change and its consequences.


Artists have a vital role to play in shaping the public opinion by a giving tangible, emotionally engaging expression of the urgency to act. The focus of the event on Art and Climate Change was on the cultural context of climate change politics and the potential of art to shift perceptions and influence action.


This event was organised by the Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage and the PACE Committee on Culture, Science and Education, as a contribution to the debate which was held on 29 September at 3 pm in the plenary session on the basis of the report on "The Challenges posed by Climate Change" (rapporteur Mr John Prescott, UK).



Peter Gingold, Director, Tipping Point, London (UK) on "Why are the Arts and Culture vital for dealing with Climate Change",

George Steinmann, Artist, Berne (Switzerland) "The artist in the context of Climate Change a subtle profundity",

Peter Weibel and Freddy Grunert, Museum of Media Art (ZKM), Karlsruhe (Germany) on the "Climate Anomie - change it" 2011 exhibition,





Art as a Characteristic and Indicator of Change: a conversation with George Steinmann
TippingPoint: energising the creative response to climate change by Peter Gingold
 Culture and Climate Change by Robert Palmer
 Climate Anomie. Climate Turn. Change It. 2011 by Peter Weibel and Freddy Grunert