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

Culture Declares Emergency (CDE) is an entirely autonomous movement - although CDE arose from conversations between sector practitioners supportive of, or involved in, Extinction Rebellion (XR).

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?

See strategy plan 2021

7. What are the aims of CDE?

Culture Declares Emergency (CDE) is a growing global community of arts and culture champions declaring a climate and ecological emergency.


That the cultural sector is a leading contributor in creating a regenerative future that protects the planet and sustains everyone, everywhere. 


To grow, support and mobilise a movement of declarers in the UK cultural sector, and inspire and work with others internationally. 


Our values are underpinned by Truth-telling, Action-taking and Justice-seeking.

  • We declare that the Earth's life-supporting systems are in imminent jeopardy, threatening human civilisation and the biodiversity it depends upon
  • We believe that science needs to be acted on urgently and towards far-reaching systemic change if we are to turn from the path we are on.
  • Culture connects, inspires and determines our values, frames and behaviours; therefore, a transformation of society has to be pioneered by cultural generators.
  • Every organisation and individual from any field within or outside the cultural sector has responsibility as a cultural generator. We welcome all allies. 
  • We commit to understanding and communicating how the Earth crisis has arisen from historic and deeply rooted injustices, the impacts of this on human and biodiverse communities, and how transformative solutions must honour the perspectives of those affected.
  • We commit to eliminating all forms of oppression from all aspects of our work and seek to create an environment where we dismantle attitudes and biases that hinder positive relationships and progress in our work.
  • We value the diversity of all lived experiences and cultural perspectives.  We recognise that our strategies and actions must draw on the wisdom of everyone.