Climate change is without doubt an urgent threat of unprecedented magnitude and Edinburgh Science is committed to doing all that it can to bring it to the world’s attention through its activities, festival and learning programmes.
In 2019, we updated our Ethical Sponsorship Policy and announced that we would no longer accept money from fossil fuel companies. Edinburgh Science is determined to show leadership in tackling the world’s climate crisis and highlighting the challenges and opportunities that this revolution will bring.
Below is an explanation of the work we are doing to further educate and inspire our partners, staff and audiences.
As a key member of the Festivals Edinburgh Environmental Group, we have worked to create a joint Environmental Policy across all of Edinburgh's festivals.
What this policy covers
The Edinburgh Festivals are committed to minimising their impact on the environment, building on work they are already doing, and will continue to work both jointly and independently to achieve this. This policy applies to each festival's office operations as well as to Festival events.
The following aims reflect the long-term strategic commitment that this policy is for the festivals. Progress towards achieving the aims in full will be incremental year on year, and managed through each festival's detailed annual implementation plans.
The senior manager of each festival will endorse this policy to demonstrate the festival's commitment.
Each festival will work through Festivals Edinburgh and with The City of Edinburgh Council's Sustainable Development Unit to develop tailored implementation plans appropriate to their own unique circumstances.
Each festival's implementation plan will:
Festivals Edinburgh will report on progress annually in December to The City of Edinburgh Council and Festivals will report individually as part of their normal reporting structure. These reports will be based on information provided by each festival in October.
The festivals, Festivals Edinburgh and The City of Edinburgh Council's Sustainable Development Unit will review this policy together annually.