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Museums in the climate crisis

The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) has published the report "Museums in the climate crisis. Survey results and recommendations for the sustainable transition of Europe" that reflects the status quo of European museums in the climate crisis.

The report includes survey results and 7 key recommendations for policy makers and the sector that will help tap the full potential of museums as contributors and allies in the sustainable transition of Europe. The readers will find recommendations such as "Ensure that guidelines, standards and reporting requirements reflect all aspects of museum work and are aligned to support sustainable goals" as a minority of museums have been able to take consequential steps toward fulfilling their potential, only 4 in 10 museums having methods or criteria to measure and assess their sustainable efforts. The survey was answered by 578 museums from 38 European countries between April and June 2022. Results and recommendations of the survey are directed to the sector and stakeholders at all levels, recognising that the preservation of our shared cultural heritage begins with the preservation of our planet.

Check out the full report here.

A 2-page summarythat highlights the recommendations is also available on NEMO's website. The organisers encourage to share the summary with relevant politicians and policy makers to advocate for increased funding for museums to create conditions where museums can contribute to fighting climate change while reducing their negative impact on the environment.

The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) was founded in 1992 as an independent network of national museum organisations representing the museum community of the member states of the Council of Europe. Together, NEMO’s members speak for more than 30,000 museums in 40 countries across Europe.