ONmuseums: Taking Action on Climate Change

Sep 26, 2019
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Climate Change in the News
Resources for OMA Members
Climate Change - Implications for your museum practice
Webinar Recording

Learn about how museums large and small are helping to build public awareness, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change, and the challenges and successes they have experienced. 

Moderator – Robert Janes, Founder and Co-Chair, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice 

Laurie Carmount, Curator, Minden Hills Cultural Centre & Nature’s Place, Minden, Ontario 
Shiralee Hudson Hill, Lead Interpretive Planner, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario 
Ian Kerr-Wilson, Manager, Heritage Resource Management, City of Hamilton, Ontario

Watch it HERE

Share Your Events Widely!

The Discover Ontario Museums website, www.museumsontario.ca, gets thousands of hits every month. Institutional Members can add events and programs at their sites to increase visibility. The OMA collects events from this site to share on socia media and in ONmuseums. 

Learn how to update your institutional listing HERE

In the News
Global Climate Strikes: September 20-27

In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. 

Strikes in Ontario on September 27: 

  • Acton
  • Brantford
  • Cobourg
  • Elliot Lake
  • Goderich
  • Hamilton
  • Huntsville
  • Kenora
  • Kingston
  • London
  • Merrickville
  • Mississauga
  • Niagara
  • North Bay
  • Ottawa
  • Orangeville
  • Port Elgin
  • Port Perry
  • Quinte West
  • Richmond Hill
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sudbury
  • Thornbury
  • Toronto
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
Read more from the Global Climate Strike website HERE
Read more from the Fridays for Futures website HERE
North Bay Nugget: North Bay climate rally Friday

The rally started at the North Bay Museum, followed by a march to City Hall

Teens, children and their parents gathered at the base of the Vancouver Art Gallery steps late Friday morning, with a girl as young as seven holding her own cardboard sign with a plea for pollution to stop. 
External Resources & Events
Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice
Resources & Recent Blog Posts

The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice has a Google Docs Spreadsheet listing resources useful for addressing the questions arising from museums and climate change and sustainability.
Read more HERE

Recent Blog Posts

Read more HERE

Climate Change Videos
This five-part video series, created by the AMA in partnership with the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice and Shadow Light Productions Ltd, demonstrates how museums continue to facilitate and lead conversations around issues that are important to their communities and find innovative and inclusive solutions that impact the future of our communities. 

Watch the videos HERE
Museums and Climate Change Network

Springing from the international group that came together in 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Museums & Climate Change Network is a group of professionals who are concerned with extending and improving communication on the Anthropocene, including climate change, local and global environmental change, and supporting people to find ways forward in an increasingly challenging world.

Read more HERE

Water Museums Global Network

Water museums exhibit and interpret, all around the world, a unique repository of different forms of water civilization, both natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, made of artefacts, techniques, and oral knowledge, with the aim to preserve and promote outstanding hydraulic heritage.

Today water museums are urged to communicate the value of such water heritage to large audiences in a more coordinated way, in order to better understand the global water crises and its possible solutions way. 

Read more HERE

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices
New Book edited by Hooley McLaughlin and Judy Diamond

This collection contains individual expressions by museum insiders addressing a range of particular perspectives – Native American, African American, Latinx, Islamic, Israeli, Danish, white North American. These reflections provide guidance to the museum community as to how their institutions can become more thoughtful, more welcoming to diverse audiences, and more cognizant of the ways that different people incorporate science into their daily lives. 

Science Museums in Transition is intended to further discussion on how museums address the political and social ramifications of science. 

Read more HERE

Province of Ontario Climate Change Plan 

"On November 29, 2018, Ontario released the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan that considers our province’s specific priorities, challenges and opportunities, and commits to reducing our emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, a target that aligns with the Federal Government’s Paris commitments."

Read more HERE

Parks Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects now available on Nomenclature App

In 2018, the Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging web application was launched. It contains the complete Nomenclature 4.0, the harmonized vocabulary from the Parks DVD and new French equivalents. Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging has now replaced the Parks DVD.

Read more HERE

OMA Job Board
Manager, Publications and Image Assets: McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Deadline: September 30

The Manager, Publications & Image Assets is responsible for the management and execution of McMichael publications, including managing photo research, design process and copy flow.

Read more HERE

Program Coordinator, Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
Deadline: October 1

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the effective planning, development, implementation and evaluation of relevant and engaging programs for the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (BCM&CC), with the objective of increasing visitation and expanding the membership base.

Read more HERE

Interpretive Planner, Museum of Ontario Archaeology
Deadline: October 1

The MOA is seeking an Interpretive Planner who will coordinate with the Interpretation Committee towards the creation of new narratives that will guide the revitalization of the museum’s galleries, archaeological site, and programming. 

Read more HERE

Upcoming OMA Dates

October 2: CMA Bursary Deadline for the OMA Conference (read more HERE)

October 11: Deadline to mail postcards for Confessions of a Museum Professional (read more HERE)

October 23: OMA Pre-Conference Study Tours (register HERE)

October 24-25: OMA Annual Conference (register HERE)

December 4-5: Symposium on Family Learning, Inclusion and the Value of Play in Museums (more information)
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