We are a growing movement of individuals and organisations involved in arts and culture who are declaring a climate and ecological emergency. This means telling the truth, taking action and seeking justice.
Our story so far
When we launched in April 2019, we were the first professional declaration movement, inspired by local governments who were declaring emergency. Our call to action has been taken up by many sectors including Music Declares, Architects Declare, Health Declares, Heritage Declares, Business Declares, Tourism Declares – and others, with whom we collaborate on leveraging change. Read our joint statement.
- March 2019, planning meetings including Bridget McKenzie, Ruth Ben-Tovim, Lucy Neal, Kay Michael, Ackroyd & Harvey, Kelly Hill, Julian Maynard Smith, Claire MacDonald, Tamsin Omond, Will Skeaping, Shelley Castle and others.
- April 3rd, we launched with a procession in London, with artistic direction by Ackroyd & Harvey, Lucy Neal and others.
- April – June, open call to write Letters to the Earth
- April 15th – 25th, some joined the XR Spring Uprising
- July 8th, hundreds filled the Roundhouse in Camden for an Assembly supported by Complicité and the Gulbenkian Foundation UK
- September 27th, Rally of the Imagination, Trafalgar Square
- November, Festival of Change, part of Museums Association conference
- November, ‘Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis‘ published by HarperCollins
- Made a joint statement to Arts Council England on their 2020-30 draft strategy
- Joined forces with other cultural declaration initiatives to grow a ‘movement of movements’.
- We evolved a new strategy and structure and held meetings with large organisations and influencers.
- The number of declarers reached over 1400.
- We reflected on crisis as a response to the pandemic. See our statement on Covid-19 and the emergency.
- We held regular online gatherings in The Offer.
- We launched #CultureTakesAction and supported the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill.
- Culture Declares and Letters to the Earth nominated for Best Campaign, Julie’s Bicycle Creative Green Awards.
- Supported by Climate 2025, we consolidated our structure.
- Local hubs continued to form.
- Online actions and events continued through lockdown.
- Communications strategy applied.
- Sent an open letter in solidarity with campaigners against fossil fuel sponsorship of the Science Museum
- Made a joint statement on COP26 in Glasgow in 2021.
- Letters to the Earth mobilised businesses and delivered 100s of letters to COP26 in Glasgow.
- This new website, designed by Bullet Creative
- Strategic facilitation of new hubs to grow our distributed model, including a range of creative initiatives, actions and Letters to the Earth workshops.
- Exploring the roots of the intersecting emergencies to develop a global dialogue on the role of culture, working in collaboration with the wide Alliance of Declarers.
- Made a joint statement on COP27 in Egypt.
- Began an impact assessment of the four years of Culture Declares, supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation.
- Sent a jointly authored Earth Day call to action to DCMS, April 2023
- Began a programme of Cultural Assemblies for run through 2023 – 2024 – including at the Southbank Centre and online, in September. More assemblies are planned for 2024 and the call to run local Assemblies is still open.
- More Hubs created internationally
See our archived news and press releases for more about this history and our campaign statements.
If you aren’t in the Arts & Culture sector, but would like to learn more or get involved, have a look here.