How can museums contribute to building communities capable of engaging and responding to global climate change? How can museums use their collections, interpretations and traditions of encouraging debate to help people re-imagine and re-shape their lives in a profoundly altered world?

These questions were the focus of the Collecting the Future workshop hosted by the American Museum of Natural History and co-convened by the National Museum of Australia from 2 – 4 October 2013. The Centre for Environmental history was represented by Libby Robin and Kathryn Medlock, and the NMA’s Kirsten Wehner and George Main.

The three-day workshop in New York included people working in and with museums in many different parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden. View the workshop program.

Read Kirsten Wehner’s report on the workshop at the NMA’s People and Environment blog.