Monday 12 April | Isaac Boothman

For his #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, trumpeter Isaac Boothman has been exploring Sustainable policies, as well as thinking of new ones.

We first heard from Isaac on day twelve of the campaign. You can read his post here and you can also catch up on his own blog here.

My choice of action for Green Nevis is to compile and research the kinds of green policies that can lead us out of climate catastrophe. In our consumer-focused media, so many of the actions encouraged seem small, insignificant in the face of terrifying threats – eroding soil so quickly our farms could fail for good in 50 years, climate refugees as much of the equator becomes uninhabitable – so I wanted to remind people of the good, positive changes we should be focusing on.

The climate crisis is an issue often handed to individuals. ‘Oh don’t worry, Greta will save us’ or ‘Ooh, I’ve got to watch my carbon footprint’. (Incidentally, the idea of the carbon footprint was founded by BP in an advertising campaign to focus action on climate change into our personal, not political lives – something I discovered in this challenge! ) But yet, like in the art world – where artists are now selling NFT’s, a kind of cryptocurrency download link that is housed in servers using more energy than the country of Argentina – we can’t forget the power of individual actions. We need to balance personal responsibility with accountability for the organisations and institutions that have caused the crisis we are in now. 

A very small musical example:

I’ve started composing on paper with a piano (see the video!), and changing the style of how I compose – using pop melodies and forms for the first time – and it’s striking how a change like that immediately reframes the music for the listener. But how can I write off my electronic work, fraught as it is with corporate crimes and rife with pollution, when all the systems, all the people, are online? Me quietly changing streaming provider won’t solve this problem. But us finding the issues, and working on them with all who are affected, through fighting planned obsolescence in software and hardware, by forcing better practices on industries, and by recognising the cost and labour across our society – maybe that might.

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.