Castlemaine: Climate change, consciousness, and art

Nelson, A 2017, 'Castlemaine: Climate change, consciousness, and art', Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History, vol. 30, pp. 1-4.


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Title Castlemaine: Climate change, consciousness, and art
Author(s) Nelson, A
Year 2017
Journal name Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History
Volume number 30
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Abstract Castlemaine (Central Victoria, Australia) is a small rural town established in the mid-nineteenth century by white settlers attracted to one of the world's most lucrative gold diggings. Today, it is known for its artistic and sustainability-orientated initiatives-a living exemplar of creative arts enhancing environmental sustainability messages and strategies for us to live more sustainably. Simple and convivial lifestyles proliferate and with around 10% of the population being professional artists, the arts offer powerful forms of communication. For instance, in 2007, senior students of Castlemaine North Primary School projected possible futures under climate change in a mural that would stand vibrant and poignant for a decade on a central street wall. This local-global mural was based on local knowledge, childrens' points of view, and scientific forecasts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They face the future with an awareness of the threats of global warming but are armed with local knowledge and everyday skills to apply in confident and resilient ways so that they embrace the future with their arms and eyes wide open.
Subject Building not elsewhere classified
Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) creaive arts
sustainability cultures
Castlemaine (Victoria
Australia)
DOI - identifier 10.5282/rcc/8116
Copyright notice © 2017 Anitra Nelson. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
ISSN 2199-3408
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