Join the cultural rebellion


Newsletter Contents:

  1. State of the Emergency
  2. Call to Action: CDE Banner Drop
  3. Call to Action: Letters to Power
  4. CDE Recruitment
  5. The Offer: Rebellion Support
  6. Aligned Events

We are experiencing multiple emergencies.

Pandemic, the loss of lives and livelihoods, systemic racism, soaring inequalities, the closure of community spaces, the erosion of trust with those who hold power, increasing global temperatures and the alarming rate of species extinction.
Our economic and political systems are still prioritising profit over people and planet. Yet these systems have never been as exposed or vulnerable as they are now. 

We have the power to change.

We have an opportunity to transform these crises into something else, something better, something that works for everyone. In June the International Energy Agency said we had six months to avert a climate crisis post-lockdown. The clock is ticking to make sure we don’t cross the 1.5 degree threshold into dangerous climate breakdown.

We Must Act Now.

The climate and ecological emergency is experienced differently by everyone and CDE is a space for all those in crisis and emergency to express themselves and have their vision for a better tomorrow seen and heard. 

Let’s harness our collective storytelling power as a sector.

This is our time to unite and go further than any of us have so far. We have a year to gather, galvanise and express our collective voice in time for COP26 in November 2021. Let’s join up and make some noise.

August is the month building up to Rebellion. September is our month of Declaration. And the autumn will be the time when all declarers can engage in movement and sector-wide Assemblies with your communities. 

It all starts now. 

Below details the invitation to join the Culture Rebellion:

Artists and Organisations are going out en masse to Declare Emergency.

CDE has grown since April 2019 to become a community of over 1000 declarers. We’re ready to send a clear and united message that cannot be ignored. We are declaring as a whole sector.

On Friday 28th August every declaring organisation (new and old!) is invited to drop a physical banner outside or on your building, visibly next to your institution’s name. Additionally, every declaring individual artist and organisation is invited to share a digital ‘banner’ via your social media platforms. 


  • Here are all the banner files you need (to be added to over the next week). There are banners, flags, posters, social media cards and you could even project!
  • If printing: print on eco-friendly material! Canvas or recycled materials – not plastic.
  • If printing: you can claim up to £500 for expenses. See details here. (Limited – order ASAP)
  • Keep your banner visible for at least 2 weeks, and then for as long as you wish.
  • Keep your banner for future use!


Declare today as an individual or organisation.

Need support? Email

Need to register your Declaration? Click here.


Letters to the Earth and CDE invite your creative responses to the emergency on the day that parliament resits after summer recess and Rebellion begins. This is for everyone – share with your communities!

We need to raise our voices and hold to account those whose power, influence and decisions are determining the course of our lives. The health of our communities and our planet depends on it.

What needs to be said? Who needs to be heard? How can we bring about change?

Write your Letter to Power. This is an opportunity to give voice to your emergency –however that emergency manifests for you or your community. At this political and social crossroad, what change is now possible and who holds the power to make that change?

This is an open invitation and is open to interpretation – a “letter” can be written, spoken word, a song, apiece of public art or performance.

Send your letters to those who have the power to influence. Post them, record them, stream them, publish them in newspapers or online and present them in public wherever you are from 1st September 2020.

Share an image of your “letter” on social media using:
#LetterstotheEarth #LetterstoPower 

You can use these social media graphics.

For more information on Letters to the Earth visit and if you’d like to support the campaign organisers email letterstotheearth@gmail.comSupport LTTE’s Rebellion Action: Youth Meets Power


CDE Recruitment

CDE is quickly growing. For this campaign to be successful we’re recruiting people to take on the following roles, immediately: 

  • Press Officer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Social Media Content Creator(s)
  • Videographer(s) & Editor(s)
  • Photographer(s)
  • Live streamers

Express your interest by writing to Victoria Burns, CDE National Coordinator:

THE OFFER: Explore and Build your Rebellion Response

On Wednesdays 12th and 26th August 11am–12.30pm, CDE is hosting two Offers where you can get more information on the campaign plans, and explore and devise ideas together in response to the above invitations.

What could your Letter to Power look like? What does power mean to you? What could a strong social media campaign for your Declaration look like? How can you invite your communities to engage?

Register here.


Emergencia Indigena event poster image


CDE is marking World Indigenous Day by responding to a call from the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) for all humanity:

APIB will host an event with indigenous leaders such as Watakakalu Kalapalo, Marcos Xukuru, Shirley Krenak and artists such as Dira Paes, Philip Glass and Zé Celso Martinez to bring attention to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on indigenous people and the Brazilian government’s negligence.

The event will be live-streamed on Facebook and we invite our Declarers to engage with solidarity by crossposting the live-streaming action at 9pm.

Please post the crowdfunding link:

For more information and further activity see here.


Join the Black Lives Matter Movement, All Black Lives, Justice for Black Lives, Stand Up To Racism and many others for the inaugural and historic Million People March. This will be huge!

13.00–18.00: Join the procession from Notting Hill to Hyde Park

Let’s unite in the fight against racism. Bring your CDE banners!

#LetsTalkAboutIt #Racism #MillionPeopleMarch


“The Government is failing to do what’s needed to keep us safe. They ignored the warnings about coronavirus and now they’re ignoring warnings of a 4˚C world from their official Committee on Climate Change, a warning that could result in billions of deaths – with racially marginalised communities, and those in the Global South on the front line.

Enough’s enough. We have an opportunity NOW as we emerge from the pandemic to make necessary change, but business-as-usual is fighting to regain its hold. We can’t let that happen!”

Beginning on 1st September, Extinction Rebellion will return.
Rebels will gather in CardiffManchester and London to disrupt key powers and Parliament until they respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency by debating XR’s 3 demands in the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill and set up a Citizens’ Assembly.

Join the Rebellion Broadcast to get live updates on the Rebellion:

Donate here:

Find out the plan and how to get involved here:

Invite your friends:

XR invites everyone who is sick of the lies, injustice, inequality and harm, to join.


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