1. What is the relationship between CDE and Extinction Rebellion?

Culture Declares Emergency (CDE) arose from conversations between sector practitioners supportive of, or involved in, Extinction Rebellion (XR). The CDE working group is separate from XR but is an ally, and XR offers mutual support. 

2. What does it mean to join Culture Declares Emergency? 

‍Making a declaration of emergency is an independent decision of each individual/organisation, and can be done in any way that is right for you. It means announcing your concerns and acknowledging that these are shared by a growing mass of people. It does not mean joining a group, or committing to any actions beyond your remit or limits. 

3. Does declaring emergency mean promoting illegal activity? 

‍Our legal advice (in UK law) is that making a declaration of climate emergency is not a criminal act. Dozens of councils across the political spectrum, including the Greater London Authority, Bristol and Manchester have already declared Climate Emergency: climateemergency.uk. Individuals within an institution can be seen as breaking the law (e.g. if they carry out an 'arrestable' action as part of a response to making a declaration) but this does not implicate anyone else in the institution, or the institution itself. In this toolkit we offer a range of ways that you can support your communities in the context of emergency. These do not include suggestions for disruptive actions, or Non Violent Direct Action (NVDA), as part of a declaration response. However, the template Declaration text is supportive of demands being made globally for Truth, Action and Justice, which implies acknowledging the validity of the many forms of NVDA that are being used to make these demands, particularly where democratic routes are insufficient. 

4. Where is Culture Declares Emergency?

This is a global movement. You can declare from anywhere in the world. The launch on April 3rd 2019 was in London and most of the first wave of declarations were by practitioners in the UK, but there are no limits. You are invited to hold declaration events wherever you are. Please do register with us and let us know what you plan so that we can keep track of, and publicise the growing movement - culturedeclares@gmail.com

5. What is Culture?

Culture is seen very broadly to include: 

Arts (theatre, music, visual art, literature, live art, film, dance, comedy, public art, outdoor arts, street arts, carnival arts, environmental arts etc.) 

Design (craft, architecture, place-making, fashion, ecological design, product design, graphics etc.)

Museums (of science, natural history, art, history, industry, politics, eco-museums etc.)

Heritage (historic buildings, botanic gardens, landscape trusts, historic towns, archaeology, heritage crafts etc.)

Archives and Libraries (public libraries, specialist libraries, civic archives etc.)

Intangible heritage (indigenous and diaspora groups, faith organisations, sacred and healing practices, physical culture etc.)

Creative industries (digital, games, media, marketing, publishing etc.)

Learning & education (teachers, facilitators, researchers, lecturers, Public Engagement with science and research etc.)

Wellbeing and participatory practice (arts for health, therapists, socially engaged practitioners, disability arts etc.) 

6. How is Culture Declares organised?

CDE is a Community Interest Company (CIC). This is a form of limited company that exists primarily to benefit a community or to pursue a social purpose. This vehicle has been chosen to support CDE's aims. The CIC members are drawn from the 3 CDE Working Groups, which meet fortnightly to organise for action - Strategic change-making; Communications and Actions & Events. All Declarers active within Working Groups and/ or Local Groups can become CIC Members. The CIC Directors, who are responsible for statutory obligations, are representatives from the Working Groups and are voted in by them. CIC Members will agree on a Constitution to include terms to allows for turnover and a diversity of Directors. The Directors support a National Coordinator who is paid to work 1-2 days a week.

7. What are the aims of CDE?

Culture Declares is organised around the following:

VISION: that the UK cultural sector Declares and takes action on the climate and ecological emergency

MISSION: to tell the Truth, take Action and seek Justice in the face of the emergency

VALUES: to be an inclusive, diverse and collaborative community of cultural sector declarers