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ENERGY CITIES' PROPOSALS FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION OF CITIES AND TOWNS

4.6 Make arts and culture part of the energy transition process
Inventing new local governance

The problem at hand


Energy has long been considered a technical issue,a matter for specialists! This time is over. The energy and climate issue is about the way we move around, eat, conceive the city and live. It implies a conception of the world, of the relations between countries, of justice and of the balance of the ecosystems.
Energy echoes our Western development model, which reached a stalemate when the rest of the world started imitating it. It is a societal issue. From local to global, we need to imagine again and again the energy civilisation of the 21st century.
It is not therefore surprising that the world of Culture is starting, albeit timidly, to seek to get on board. Are there any change, transgression and imagination tools better than art and culture? Culture can help us modify our representations of reality. Reality is changing and we have to accompany and anticipate this change in our representations.

Proposal

Making arts and culture part of the energy transition process means letting artists, comedians, photographers and film directors have their say.
It means encouraging creative and artistic activities that will free our imagination and help us invent tomorrow. It means contributing to making energy a matter for the whole society in all its aspects. This is actually a cultural issue!

Conditions for success


  • Adopting initiatives promoting the intrusion of the world of culture in energy transition processes: theatre-forum, competitions concerning the vision of cities, videos, etc.
  • Promoting the cultural dimension and considering it a new energy dimension, together with technology, governance and the economy.
  • Encouraging artists to venture out into the energy area and contribute to transition with their own vision!
  • Encourage youngsters’ participation in cultural projects.
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