According to calculations by the German Advisory Council on the Environment, Germany would have to be climate neutral as early as 2031 in order to comply with the 1.5°C path according to the Paris Climate Agreement. A goal that thus also applies to art and cultural events.

But how can this climate neutrality be achieved in such a short time? Surely only if all those involved, such as the organizers, artists and audience, get together and think about it. We want to do this in a creative and diverse way within the framework of the ACT NOW! concert series and then use the experiences for our daily operations.

The project idea

The focus of our Zero Project ACT NOW! is a series of four concerts in which different approaches and concepts will be played through and tested in practice in order to gain as much experience as possible. The biggest challenge will be to greatly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of all participants during travel to and from the concerts, as well as to reduce electricity consumption and make it climate neutral. The knowledge gained will then provide the future benchmarks for climate-neutral events.

A central component will be the comprehensive involvement of artists and bands in the climate-neutral implementation of the concerts. Therefore, musicians and bands who are already committed to the topic of the climate crisis and have gained experience in climate neutrality will play. The concerts will be accompanied by a supporting programme including workshops and panels as well as artistic interventions on the topic of the climate crisis. The public relations work accompanies the series in the style of storytelling to make the various challenges in the context of climate-neutral implementation transparent.

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