The goal of the Climate Media & Culture Net is to help encourage fresh and popular approaches to climate change from people working across the entire range of the creative and cultural industries. We want to shake up preconceptions within the creative sector that climate change can only be dull and depressing. We want to show makers of all sorts – writers, producers, artists, curators and commissioning editors that climate change touch all aspects of human life and is rich with potential for creative approaches. We hope that these new approaches will help engage more of the public in appreciating the potential of climate change to influence our lives.
The Net will be a new independent resource for professionals working in the media and cultural events and creations. The Net’s focus will be on popular mainstream content and events including tv, theatre and online entertainment, comedy, drama, soaps, sitcoms. We are also working on art shows, stand up comedy and even retail store events.
Our interest is not to push any particular line on climate change but rather to bring the subject into the mainstream of public awareness and conversation.
The Net will be a place to help with ideas development – we will both initiate new ideas for media and cultural content/events and help support ideas brought to us by others.
The Net has a worldwide network of experts involved in all aspects of climate change: scientists, military & business leaders, NGO’s, advertising agencies, independent producers, farmers, sailors, artists, writers, bloggers.
The Net will actively seek out new talent and is currently setting up a monthly writers room for comedy writers.
Nick Comer-Calder worked at the BBC and was Senior Vice President of Discovery Networks Europe. As an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Public Policy Research Nick initiated the IPPR’s Media Leaders and Climate Change Initiative.
The Net has had funding from the European Climate Foundation.
The work of The Climate Media & Culture Net is advised and supported by a board of senior scientists, media professionals and communications experts.
Richard Black Director, Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit
Arlo Brady Managing Director, Freud Communication
Nick Mabey Managing Director, E3G
Mark Maslin Professor of Climatology, UCL
James Painter Reuters School for the Study of Journalism
Chris Rapley Professor Climate Science, UCL
Tim Samuels Creative Director, Tonic Productions
Emily Shuckburgh Head of Open Oceans, British Antarctic Survey
Mark Stevenson Author (An Optimist’s Tour of the Future) & Futurologist
Rory Sutherland Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy
Helen Veale Creative Director, Outline Productions