CDE South East Coast

Inintially covering the coastal strip from Brighton to Hastings, but open to anyone who feels connected to the Sussex Coast.

A group of people stand on Hasting beach holding a Culture Declares banner
Hastings Beach Clean, 2023

The South East Coast Hub was launched in September 2021, initially reaching from Brighton to Hastings, but open to anyone who feels connected to the Sussex Coast—an area already well known for its engagement in both culture and the environment.

Recent & Upcoming Hub Activities

How to join

Join our Facebook group and get in touch – all are welcome! The Hub is coordinated by Amie Rai and Persephone Pearl in Brighton, and Polly Gifford in Hastings. We hold regular online meetings, and are also planning local in-person meetings and activity in each town. We can support you to declare emergency.

What’s so special about culture and climate on the Southeast Coast?


  • Home to the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe – two of the largest festivals in the UK – Brighton is the region’s main cultural hub with a huge number of creative organisations and freelancers.
  • Hastings’ creative sector has grown quickly over the past 10 years and has become known for the number of small independent arts organisations and events based in the town.
  • There are a number of Declarers in the region and a huge potential to inspire more.


  • A unique natural environment including the South Downs National Park, Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and 65 SSSIs (in East Sussex)
  • The coastal location puts the hub area on the front line of issues such as coastal erosion, sea level rise and marine pollution
  • Active Transition Town and other environmental groups


  • Brighton has the UK’s only Green MP Caroline Lucas, and seven Green councillors in the local authority.
  • Hastings elected its first Green Councillor in 2021, and five Greens sit on East Sussex County Council 
  • Both councils have declared climate and ecological emergency

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