How to declare?
As an individual, you’re probably more able to go right ahead. You might first want to discuss implications with close collaborators or family. You can use your declaration to encourage cultural and civic organisations you work with to do the same. Make an impact by being creative with your declaration. Can it be a poster, a performance, a film, written onto a garment, a poem? If you work collaboratively, involve others, or organise a project. See the Letters to the Earth project as an example of ways to invite participation in creatively expressing concern for the planetary emergency. Send your declaration text to the organisations you work with, your Council, your MP and with local press. Use #CultureDeclaresEmergency to share on social media. Tell us about it via the form so that we can list you.
Here is the declaration text that you could download here. You could adapt this declaration text, including changing the pledges and adding your own detail about how you or your organisation intend(s) to respond.
I ( add name, or ) We ( add name ) declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency
I / We pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.
These are our intentions:
1. I / We will tell the Truth
Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and communicate the urgency for far-reaching systemic change.
I / We will communicate with citizens and support them to discover the truth about the Emergency and the changes that are needed.
2. I / We will take Action
Governments must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
I / We pledge to work towards reducing our emissions to net zero* by 2025.
I / We will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where we interact with them, that do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels.
I / We will actively work to imagine and model ways that my practice / our organisation can regenerate the planet’s resources.
3. I / We are committed to Justice
The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices. Arts and Culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways we relate to one another and the world, in our values and behaviours.
I / We will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst our communities about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed.
I / We will support demands for more democracy within our civic institutions and government.
I / We believe that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice based on intersectional principles*, led by and for marginalised people.
Declaration ends. See below for advice on deciding how to adapt, apply and communicate this.
*Net zero means that on balance one's activities are zero emissions, taking into account all possible Greenhouse Gas emissions and actions taken to mitigate or offset those emissions.
*Awareness of how systems of power combine to multiply the impacts on those who are most marginalised in society.