This is a very incomplete listing of organisations, networks and information sites on different aspects of environmental and climate change or the Anthropocene, with perspectives including the arts, humanities, and natural, physical and social sciences.
Please use the form on our Contact page to suggest additional links you would like included here. But please note that our focus is on creative responses to the topics, rather than ‘how to’ environmental guides, policy advocacy or commercial products or services.
The Algae Society – a global collective of interdisciplinary researchers working together to establish a new community with algae, as a non-human international research partner.
Anthropocene Magazine – an initiative of Future Earth, built in partnership with the Future Earth Media Lab based at the Stockholm Resilience Center. Editorially, Anthropocene is the evolution of Conservation magazine, which brings with it a 15-year track record of journalism and design excellence.
Anthropocene Transitions website digest – a weekly selection of discussion about the Anthropocene and transition from across the web. Provided by the Anthropocene Transitions project, it is updated at midnight (GMT+10) every Saturday.
The Arctic Cycle – The Arctic Cycle uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from earth and social scientists, and actively seek community and educational partners.
Artists & Climate Change – An initiative of The Arctic Cycle, to track works artistic work about climate change all over the world and gather them in one place. It is both a study of what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. “We deeply believe that what artists have to say about climate change will shape our values and behavior for years to come. For that reason alone, we should pay attention.
Artists for the Earth – an initiative of Climate Emergency Coalition (CEC), a lead organization creating the national conversation in the USA on the climate emergency. CEC is working to alert, engage, and activate Americans to call for responses to meet the scope, scale, and urgency of the crisis: national climate policies and an emergency mobilization to phase out fossil fuels within a decade. A4E members proactively reach out with community education through their art work and most especially, climate change-themed art exhibits, related gallery talks, etc
Artsadmin – enables artists to create without boundaries, producing bold, interdisciplinary work to share with local, national and international audiences. The advisory service supports artists at every stage of their development with free advice and opportunities. With Julie’s Bicycle, Arts Admin leads work on the Season for Change initiative.
art.earth – part of a family of artists and organisations whose work focuses on contemporary art and ecology. Allied with the Arts & Ecology programme at Schumacher College. art.earth incorporates RANE, the Research in Art, Nature and Environment network, and is allied with the Arts & Ecology programme at Schumacher College.
Art & Ecology – a programme at Western Washington University (USA), bridging the arts, humanities and sciences, with a course that provides creative space to revise, reimagine, and restore multispecies relationships in a more-than-human world, and a website that extends the conversations and creative problem-solving offering a variety of open-source course materials, projects, bibliographies and other resources.
Arts Catalyst – works with contemporary artists and scientists, commissioning art projects that spark dynamic conversations about our changing world. Over the last 23 years Arts Catalyst has collaborated with world-class galleries and museums, major universities, artists groups and festivals.
ASCUS Art & Science – a non-profit organisation committed to bridging the gap between the arts and sciences. We work with partners and practitioners to create innovative trans-disciplinary projects to engage new and wider audiences and facilitate innovative public engagement with both fields.
Ask the Wild – a project by British artists Marcus Coates and Feral Practice. Through a series of public events and podcasts, Ask the Wild offers fresh perspectives on personal, social, and political issues in human society, by bringing the expert knowledge of the natural history disciplines to bear on everyday human problems and dilemmas.
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK & Ireland – ASLE-UKI represents and supports scholars and writers, in the Atlantic archipelago and beyond, interested in the environment and its expression in the cultural imagination: a forum for ‘environmental criticism’ and ‘ecocriticism’.
Break Down the Breakdown – ‘Culture carrying us into a post-oil world’, Break Down the Breakdown asks “What trauma have you experienced due to climate breakdown?” “What organizing needs to happen to prepare your community for climate chaos?” and “How do you think your sense of belonging to the place where you live needs to shift?” and explores approaches such as deep listening, deep mapping, direct embodied learning, immersive ecological entanglement, petro-subjectivity and sonic meditations.
Brexit & Environment – a network of independent researchers from across the UK and the EU working on different projects related to Brexit and the environment. The website, funded by the ESRC, is a hub of information on how Brexit affects the environment and related sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and climate change. Policy-makers and environmental NGOs need expert knowledge in order to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks posed by Brexit. The public too needs information.
Bristol Climate Writers – Writers based in and around Bristol, UK, who write about climate change and the environment: fiction, non-fiction, poetry.
Carbon Brief – a UK-based website “covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. We specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. We publish a wide range of content, including science explainers, interviews, analysis and factchecks, as well as daily and weekly email summaries of newspaper and online coverage.”
The Centre for Alternative Technology – CAT is an education and visitor centre in mid-Wales demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.
CIWEM Arts & Environment Network – In 2007, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management launched the Arts and Environment Network. AEN includes leading and influencing national policy dialogues on the subject, and building strong new alliances for an increasingly shared agenda. Key advocacy messages and recommended actions are directed at broadening these efforts, and at seeking greater cross-sectoral coherence of policy thinking.
Cli-Fi Report Global – CFR is a research tool for academics and media professionals to use in gathering information and reporting on the rise of the emerging cli-fi term worldwide. “As the 20th century began to morph into the 21st century in the late 1990s, the global landscape of cultural production started to teem with a cornucopia of fictional ‘cli-fi” texts in print and on cinema and TV screens, engaging with the local and global impact of man-made global warming.”
Climate Access – a nonprofit organization building political and public support for climate solutions through our learning network of climate leaders, pilot engagement projects and strategic services.
Climate Knowledge Brokers – CKB is a growing alliance of currently around 150 leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information. It brings together a diverse set of information players, from international organisations to research institutes, NGOs and good practice networks, and covers the full breadth of climate-related themes.
The Climate Media Net – The goal of the Climate Media Net is to help develop fresh and popular approaches to climate change in non-news UK media: a new, independent resource for broadcast, print and online media, focusing on high rating mainstream content (entertainment, comedy, drama, soaps, sitcoms, features and factual). 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.
Climate Museum UK – a mobile and digital museum creatively stirring and collecting responses to the Climate and Ecological Emergency, producing and collecting creative activities, games, artworks and books, and use these in events to engage people.
Climate Outreach – Climate Outreach’s mission is to help people understand climate change in their own voice, and is Europe’s leading climate communication organisation.
Commonweal – Commonweal supports ordinary people who work for a nonviolent world, mainly by sharing resources online
maintaining a unique collection of books, pamphlets and journals on nonviolent social change, and offering a major set of archives on the history of nonviolent direct action.
The Conversation – curated by professional editors, with content from university scholars to offer informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world, including culture, the environment, climate change and the Anthropocene.
Creative Carbon Scotland – CCS is a charity that believes that the arts and culture have an essential role in achieving the transformational change to a sustainable future. They work with artists and individuals, cultural and sustainability organisations, funders and policymakers, connecting them to the change process and exploring how the cultural sector can contribute.
Cultural Adaptations – a project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme and the Scottish Government, seeks to find creative, innovative and place-based responses to climate change impacts, equipping cultural organisations and cities with the knowledge and skills they need.
Culture and Climate Change – a series of events and publications from partners at the University of Sheffield and The Open University, communicating insights through freely available print and web publications and podcasts. Its activities seek to break new ground on this important topic.
Culture Declare Emergency – a growing global community declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency and taking action to respond to it. We launched on 3rd April 2019 in London.
Culture Unstained – a research, engagement and campaigning organisation which aims to end fossil fuel sponsorship of culture. “We call on arts and cultural organisations to cut their ties to fossil fuels, with the aim of undermining the social legitimacy that the industry gains from these relationships.”
D-Fuse – a London-based artist collective who work across a range of media, encompassing installations, film, experimental documentary, photography, live cinema performances and architectural projects, to address social and environmental themes and explore collaborative processes.
The Dark Mountain Project – a cultural movement sustained by the work of a growing gang of collaborators and contributors who, together, are walking away from the stories that our societies like to tell themselves, the stories that prevent us seeing clearly the extent of the ecological, social and cultural unravelling that is now underway. “We are making art that doesn’t take the centrality of humans for granted. We are tracing the deep cultural roots of the mess the world is in. And we are looking for other stories, ones that can help us make sense of a time of disruption and uncertainty.”
Dragonfly Eco – Dragonfly.eco is all about writing meaningful stories about our natural world, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and prose. This project combines other sites, including eco-fiction.com, to provide an online storytelling portal, which writers, academics, publishers, and readers may freely use as reference or as a way to share eco-writings.
Ecosophia – a website by author John Michael Greer, a widely read author and blogger whose work focuses on the overlaps between ecology, spirituality, and the future of industrial society. He served twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and currently heads the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn.
Edge Effects – a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Centre for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) at Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Edie – a year-round resource providing energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals with the practical information, insight and intelligence they need to make their businesses more sustainable.
Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network – EEHN is an interdisciplinary research network which aspires to be: relational in its approach to key issues and problems; responsive to new developments, opportunities and research insights; open to public or artistic collaborations.
Ensia – an independent, nonprofit magazine presenting new perspectives on environmental challenges and solutions to a global audience.
Environment and Energy – formerly Environment Research Web and now part of Physics World, E&E has regular news items and articles on environmental science.
Extinction Rebellion – a socio-political movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
Facing It – a podcast series from environmental humanities professor Jennifer Atkinson that explores the emotional burden of climate change, and why despair leaves so many people unable to respond to our existential threat.
Future Earth – an international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world.
The Ginkgo Prize – a major international award for ecopoetry, funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation and organised by the Poetry School. The competition awards prize money, provides writers’ residencies for the winners, and supports the development of ecopoetry through a programme of free workshops, and a series of incisive essays by leading ecological writers.
The Guardian – a news service providing news and commentary on culture, the environment, climate change and the Anthropocene
Happy Museum Project – a leadership framework for museums to develop a holistic approach to wellbeing and sustainability. The project reimagines the museum’s purpose as steward of people, place and planet.
Humanities for the Environment network of Observatories – The HfE Observatories are piloting projects and research that seeks to answer questions about the role of the humanities in a time in which human activity is significantly reshaping the geological future of the planet.
Imagine 2020 – a network of 10 EU based arts organisations, funded by Creative Europe. It funds artistic commissions, research and development and promotes the sharing of resources, ideas, knowledge and debate across the various topics under the umbrella of art and ecology.
International Cloud Atlas – The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) International Cloud Atlas describes the classification system for clouds and meteorological phenomena used by all WMO Members. The classifications also describe meteorological meteors other than clouds – hydrometeors, lithometeors, photometeors, and electrometeors – with contrails from aircraft now designated as Cirrus homogenitus.
The Institute of Queer Ecology – IQECO is a collaborative organism looking to find and create alternatives. The solutions to environmental degradation are found on the periphery and we seek to bring them to the forefront of public consciousness. Guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking, we work to undo dangerously destructive human-centric hierarchies—or even flip them—to look at the critical importance of things happening invisibly; underground and out of sight.
The Journal of Wild Culture – Much is spinning out of control, and it’s often the job of humans to see if what is getting too wild can brought back into balance. The Journal of Wild Culture wants to be part of the discussions and stories that are at the centre of this rebalancing work.
Julie’s Bicycle – Julie’s Bicycle supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability, providing the creative community with the skills to act, using their creativity to influence one another, audiences and the wider movement.
The Laurel Prize – In 2019 Simon Armitage, the UK’s new Poet Laureate, announced this new prize for the best collection of nature or environmental poetry to highlight the climate crisis and raise awareness of the challenges and potential solutions at this critical point in our planet’s life. The Prize will dovetail and partner with The Ginkgo Prize which rewards best single poems. In celebrating and rewarding this work, the Prize aims to encourage more of it, and to become part of the discourse and awareness about our current environmental predicament.”
Manchester Climate Monthly – MCFly “exists to inform and inspire and connect people in (Greater) Manchester who are taking or who want to take action to improve the quality of their lives and communities and to prepare for the changes that are coming because of climate change and energy price rises.”
Marine Conservation Society – “MCS’ vision is for seas rich in wildlife, abundant fish stocks and pollution free beaches and bathing waters – seas that are fit for wildlife to thrive in and for people to enjoy, and seas that will support future generations with abundant resources.”
Mothers of Invention – “Climate change is a man-made problem — with a feminist solution!” Each episode of this podcast features the Mothers of Invention driving powerful solutions to climate change – from the grassroots to the courtroom, the front lines to the boardroom – all over the world. Created by Mary Robinson — the first female President of Ireland and climate justice campaigner is one of the women leading the global climate movement — and Maeve Higgins, an Irish comic based in New York.
New Weather Institute – “a co-op and a think-tank, created to accelerate the rapid transition to a fair economy that thrives within planetary boundaries. We find, design and advocate ways of working and living that are more humane, reasonable and effective.” Projects include Modern Folk Tales, a monthly blog of essays and new or reimagined folk tales.
O N C A – a gallery and performance space in Brighton and believes that the arts are capable of catalysing dramatic shifts within society. Its mission is to inspire positive action in response to current cultural and environmental urgencies, through creativity, courage, collaboration, playfulness, learning and impact.
Plastic Oceans Foundation – a UK-based charity with a mission “to change the world’s attitude toward plastic within one generation. Plastic pollution is a global issue that impacts our ocean, our health and our wellbeing. Through education, science and our film, we are working to stem the tide of plastic entering the ocean, before it is too late. Our Request? Rethink Plastic.”
Platypus – the blog of the American Anthropological Association’s ‘Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing’. It has a small but no doubt growing strand under an ‘environmental anthro’ tag. (And it’s About page answers the obvious question about the blog’s name: ‘What could a rare endemic species from Australia have to do with an association of anthropologists who study science, technology, and computing?’).
Poets for the Planet – a community of kindred poets, performers, artists and creative activists raising their voices to engage with climate and ecological emergency through poetry in all its forms.
Power Culture – a place to explore our energy generation through the arts.
Queer Nature – a nature education and ancestral skills programme which recognises that “many people, including LGBTQ2+ people, have for various reasons not had easy cultural access to outdoors pursuits, and envisions and implements ecological literacy and wilderness self-reliance skills as vital and often overlooked parts of the healing and wholing of populations who have been silenced, marginalized, and even represented as ‘unnatural.'”
RealClimate – RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. It aims to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary.
Red Line Art Works – a community-based and not-for-profit voluntary organisation. “We believe that artists and creative people can be the most inspiring and eloquent voices of their generation, of their communities, and of the voiceless and powerless everywhere. We look for and promote art which focuses on big global issues, big global concerns, big injustices and the problems which these are causing around the world.”
Resilience – Resilience aims to support building community resilience in a world of multiple emerging challenges: the decline of cheap energy, the depletion of critical resources like water, complex environmental crises like climate change and biodiversity loss, and the social and economic issues which are linked to these: “a community library with space to read and think, but also as a vibrant café in which to meet people, discuss ideas and projects, and pick up and share tips on how to build the resilience of your community, your household, or yourself.”
Schumacher College – an international centre for nature-based education, personal transformation and collective action.
Scottish Centre for Geopoetics – a network of individuals from all over the world who share a common interest in developing an understanding of geopoetics and applying it creatively in their lives. Geopoetics is deeply critical of Western thinking and practice over the last 2,500 years and its separation of human beings from the rest of the natural world, and proposes instead that the universe is a potentially integral whole, and that the various domains into which knowledge has been separated can be unified by a poetics which places the planet Earth at the centre of experience. the Centre organises talks, discussions, day and weekend events, conferences and courses, including fieldwork in interesting places, which are designed to extend our knowledge and experience of geopoetics.
Sheffield Climate Writers – a space for anyone who wants to think and write about climate change with like-minded people.
Sounding Coastal Conversations – a research project about social and environmental change in North Norfolk, using sound, music and different kinds of listening, to explore the ways in which the coast is changing and how peoples’ lives are changing with it. The project home is Blakeney village and the research activities focus upon the village, Blakeney National Nature Reserve, and North Norfolk more generally.
The Story of Stuff – a project that grew from a film: “We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.”
The Sustainable Darkroom – an initiative at London Alternative Photographic Collective. An artist-run research, training and mutual learning programme, it equips cultural practitioners with new skills and knowledge to develop an environmentally friendly photographic darkroom practice. Taking its form in publications, residencies, workshops, talks, symposiums and training sessions, the Sustainable Darkroom intends to lead a movement in challenging the environmental impact and sustainability of darkroom practices.
Time and Tide Bell – an art project made up of bells, designed by sculptor Marcus Vergette, installed at coastal locations in the UK. The first was placed at Appledore, Devon in 2009 and the seventh at Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire in 2019 – with further bells planned. Each bell rings around high tide, providing a reminder that rising sea levels will make the pattern of their ringing change.
Transition Network – Transition Network is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research – The Tyndall Centre is an inter-disciplinary research centre dedicated to the identification, promotion and facilitation of sustainable solutions to the climate change problem. It brings together scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists who are working to develop sustainable responses to climate change.
Untold Stories – The Untold Stories: Listen to Nature and People platform seeks to open space for more careful, attentive and creative reflections about how we live in the world with others (human and non-human).
UKCIP – UKCIP works at the boundary between scientific research, policy making and adaptation practice to bring together the organisations and people responsible for addressing the challenges climate change will bring.
WalkingLab – an international research project with a goal to create a collaborative network and partnership between artists, arts organizations, activists, scholars and educators. Rupturing commonplace understandings of what it means to move, the various research projects and events activated at WalkingLab draw on the feminist new materialisms, critical race theories, and queer theories to attend to issues related to Land & geos, affect, transmateriality, and movement.
Water Museums Global Network – WMGN is an initiative aimed at calling on authorities and citizens who believe wholeheartedly in preserving all waters, together with their cultural and historical dimensions: those dimensions which still may narrate evocatively the special and unique relationship of humanity with this most precious source of life.
Wild Sanctuary – Wild Sanctuary has traveled the globe to record, archive, research, and express the voice of the natural world – its soundscape. These increasingly rare sounds of the wild inform and enrich our specialized efforts from the field to public performance.