Chevening Clore Leadership Fellow urges cultural sector to lead fight against climate crisis

Eduardo Carvalho is a climate journalist-turned-cultural curator from Brazil. His time as a Chevening Clore Leadership Fellow in 2021 inspired him to explore how culture can promote climate activism.

When Eduardo Carvalho found out about the Chevening Clore Leadership Fellowship, he realised that it was the opportunity he had been looking for to broaden his skillsets in the arts and culture sector and spend time in the UK.

After his application was successful, Eduardo began the individually tailored leadership programme and met the rest of his cohort from around the world.

“During my time as a Clore Fellow, I had the opportunity to connect with individuals from the UK and other countries, which helped broaden my knowledge and perspectives.”

While in the UK, Eduardo spent time working at Somerset House, one of the leading cultural institutions in London. It was during this time that he began to explore how culture and climate change intersect and influence each other. The most significant impact of the fellowship for Eduardo was the realisation of the cultural sector’s potential to address the climate crisis.

Although many cultural institutions have recognised that we are in a state of climate emergency, Eduardo says, more can be done by the cultural sector to meaningfully engage with audiences on the topic of climate. Culture can be a powerful tool in debunking misinformation and creating opportunities for discussion around climate issues.

“We need to consider how the arts can contribute to a greater understanding of the urgency of preserving our planet.”

Eduardo advocates for the development of public policies that promote climate-related activities in cultural institutions. These activities can create narratives that not only showcase the severity of the climate crisis, but also explore possible solutions to it. Since his Chevening Fellowship, Eduardo has been working hard to promote this cause in his home country, Brazil.


The Chevening Clore Leadership Fellowship is open for applications until 6 March 2024. Apply today to boost your career in the arts and culture sector.

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