Rachel Whiteread's Embankment in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

What does Culture have to do with Climate Change? Everything.

Rachel Whiteread's Embankment in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Photograph: Sjoerd ten Kate: sjoerdtenkate.com.

The climate challenge is a reality. Our societies have evolved over the past 200 years largely dependent on fossil fuel for energy. The CO2 emissions produced by burning these fuels are causing dangerous harm to our habitat and our health. This needs to be addressed with urgency.

We need a cultural shift in our ambition, behavior and values to build a sustainable future. Cape Farewell engages and inspires our greatest creative and visionary minds to work with scientists, clean-tech entrepreneurs, sociologists and designers to vision and help create the non-carbon society we must all aspire to.

Cape Farewell changes the way we think about climate. Partnering with world-renowned institutions, we engage our international audiences with film, artworks, novels and public facing narratives to motivate a creative and sustainable future for us all. Cape Farewell has a strategic programme of activity to help build the low carbon culture we need.

What We Do

Who We Are

Cape Farewell was started in 2001 by artist David Buckland. Over the last decade we have worked with hundreds of artists, designers, film makers, writers and other creatives around the globe. We are a partner organisation informed by climate scientists, economists and social innovators to imagine a dynamic, sustainable and creative future. Our London office heads our pioneering international programme, while our Toronto based Foundation runs a truly innovative programme in North America.
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Cape Farewell changes the way we think about climate change

How we measure our impact

  • Quantify direct public engagement and the quality of that interaction through evaluations and tracking of audience numbers.
  • Assess the multiplier effect - how much media attention is generated.
  • Internet recognition; web site stats and increase of social media activity.
  • Reaching targeted demographics through tailor-made programmes and strong strategic partnerships.
  • Leadership - Cape Farewell is an internationally emulated model of best practice.
  • Cape Farewell as a subject of (academic) research by learned organisations worldwide.
  • Published papers / peer review on the Cape Farewell activity.
  • Facilitating and stimulating the realization of renewable energy initiatives
  • Contributing to a low carbon economy including carbon analysis when applicable.
  • Making (climate) science accessible and fun for a non-science audience.
  • Creativity - we highly value creativity as a driver of cultural change.
  • Fun as a measure of success. Negativity is counterproductive.

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