The Earth is in crisis. Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of global heating, a mass extinction of vital biodiversity and a degradation of ecosystems health.
Join the Movement
The declaration movement is gaining pace internationally.
It started with Climate Mobilization in the US and Australia, and is promoted by Extinction Rebellion, Sunrise Movement, Fridays for Future and other groups calling for urgent action. Sir David Attenborough expressed urgency in a BBC documentary, Climate Change – The Facts. Many councils across the UK have declared, including the Greater London Authority, and are committing resources to tackling it.
Their declarations state they will work with civic partners, so this is where you come in. If you have creative or civic resources to contribute, such as meeting space, biodiverse sites, skilled people, community partners, or exciting programmes, then your declaration allows you to explain the contribution you can make. There is no more important way to express the value of arts and culture at this time.
If your area or council has declared an emergency, you may be called upon by local people, politicians or funders to respond. Making your own declaration, as an organisation or as an individual, is a good place to start. If your area or council has not declared, you can lead by example, using the power of your declaration to inspire your area, your council and your fellow cultural sector workers to do the same.