As part of its wider Climate Conscious Travel
campaign, Gallery Climate Coalition
and its International Volunteer Team
, GCC Spain
, are collaborating with ARCOmadrid
on the initiative #TrainToARCOmadrid
to encourage more climate conscious travel choices when travelling to the art fair, which this year runs from 6–10 March 2024. The data collected through GCC’s carbon calculator
shows that air travel is typically one of the biggest contributors to most galleries’ footprints. Stepping on a plane is the single most carbon-polluting action we take as individuals in our everyday lives. This month’s cover story shows infographics comparisons between flying and taking the train to Madrid from four of the top origin cities for visitors to the fair (Barcelona, Valencia, Paris, and London). Refresh the page and you can see how much difference it makes for each journey.
The visual arts have a unique influence on public discourse, but the sector is excessively carbon and waste intensive in proportion to its economic size. A 2021 report estimated global art sector emissions at 70 million tonnes CO2e per year, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by the entire nation of Morocco.
Since 2023, Latitudes
are Individual Active Members
of GCC and it also sits on the Committee of GCC Spain
. GCC’s primary goal is to facilitate a reduction of the sector’s CO2e emissions by a minimum of 50% by 2030, as well as promoting zero waste practices. It develops and shares best practice
, provides leadership on sector specific environmental issues, and works to leverage the collective power of its membership to achieve systemic changes.