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Unlimited Green Docathon 2020

At the end of February 2020, Unlimited is hosting two virtual meetings via a live collaborative Google document. It’s open to anyone with something to say on the subject. 

Save the date: Tuesday 25 February for disabled artists and Thursday 27 February for organisations

This is to help artists, arts organisations and ourselves start to look at the crossover points of disability, the arts and climate emergency with a view to sharing knowledge and determining what more we can do. After the all-day moderated sessions the most important issues, advice and collective knowledge– as decided collaboratively by the participants– will become an illustrated presentation for sharing more widely and informing a plan of action. An easy introduction to using Google docs for collaboration is here if you’ve never used it before. It should take more than ten minutes of your time. More detailed guides coming soon, including how to participate anonymously if you want to.

You can see some of the subjects we’d like to cover below. These are by no means fixed, exhaustive or prescriptive… this is a participant-led and relaxed session so of course you can let us know what you’d like to discuss too, either beforehand or during the session itself.

  • How do we ensure enthusiastic and well-meaning organisations don’t enact green policies that inadvertently make life worse for disabled people? Two examples are shaming certain types of transport and insisting on certain others when alternatives aren’t accessible or literally don’t serve the places disabled people need to go, or the already infamous unilateral plastic straw withdrawal.
  • Do environmental discourses and environmental activist groups ignore or discriminate against disabled people in general?
  • How can we be environmentally responsible– or is it even a priority to be environmentally responsible– when sometimes disabled people have to think more about day to day survival, financial stability and all the barriers put up by society in their lives already?
  • Where is the good stuff and the best environmentally aware or responsible practice around disabled artists and their work happening?
  • Are these issues different for people with different disabilities, including invisible ones like anxiety and depression which are increasingly recognised around the world, particularly in younger people?
  • What can we actually do as disabled artists, arts workers or organisations? Or is all of this above our pay grade?
  • Organisations, galleries, and venues declaring climate emergency – helpful and productive, or just saying what they think people want to hear and making themselves look good?

Save the date: Monday 24 February for disabled artists and Thursday 27 February for organisations

Keep watching Unlimited’s blogs and social media in January and February for regular updates about various ways you can take part, raise an issue and bring your knowledge to a national and international group via the magic of semi-automated spreadsheets! Email info@weareunlimited.org.uk if you have any further questions or suggestions for discussion topics.

PS: Possibly NSFW because of the full title of the spreadsheet in question, and a warning that the article discusses sexual assault and sexual harassment in case you don’t wish to read about that for any reason, but Moira Donegan’s article about the collaborative online document she created for other women to report sexual misconduct in their workplaces is fascinating, a good read, and gives an idea of how powerful this kind of distributed collective action can be: I Started the Media Men List.