Ever since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions have promoted reflection about culture and sustainable development in the context of the current crisis. We have participated in some of them:

In april, after several months of work, a group of experts coordinated by the Spanish network for Sustainable development (REDS) presented the publication: Culture and sustainable development. Contributions to the debate on the cultural dimension of the Agenda 2030. This publication brings together a selection of texts from cultural affairs directors, university professors and investigators, about the role of culture in sustainable development. Previously published essays and reflections which the authors have retrieved, edited and updated. Museums, cultural cooperation, literature, measurement and evaluation or heritage are some of the fields from which the sustainability approach is addressed. The publication can be downloaded for free on the REDS webpage.

In its September issue, the magazine Quaderns de la Mediterrània from the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMED) also addresses the cultural approach to the Agenda 2030 in these « times of transformation and resilience ». It was an absolute privilege to talk about the transformation of identities, values and accounts, entailed by the change towards a sustainable culture.

The Museu de la Vida Rural in Girona has been working the intersection between culture, art, education and sustainable development, for quite some time. Since a couple of years, they organize the Festival of Education for Sustainability (FES), an encounter where playful, educational and artistic proposals are presented, all with a common link: sustainability. For this edition, I had the honour of presenting the practical initiatives we’ve carried out in schools to impart and integrate the SDGs using art.

To keep up with these and other news on Culture and Sustainable Development, we recommend you consult the web #CulturaSostenible

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