Arts and Culture organisations and individuals declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency

#CultureDeclaresEmergency

This DRAFT toolkit explains why and helps you take part

What is the situation? What does a declaration mean?

Deciding what to do and how to do it; a template for your Declaration text

How to make a difference. Ideas and resources to respond to the emergency and keep up momentum.

What is the contribution of arts and culture in this emergency

How to join


  • Culture Declares Emergency will launch on 3rd April. To be in the first wave of declarers that will be announced on this day, get in touch using this form by 29th March. We will then send you all relevant promotional materials (e.g. a banner/logo) for use on your websites and social media, ready for you to make your announcement on 3rd April.
  • Use this toolkit to guide your Declaration process, in consultation with your teams or board. Then write your statement, using this Declaration template to help you.
  • Help invite other people/organisations to declare using #CultureDeclaresEmergency on social media, and forward this letter. Follow @CultureDeclares on Twitter and ‘like’ the Facebook page and look out for events publicised there.
  • Get involved in one of the first Culture Declares Emergency events, Letters to the Earth on 12th April. Join theatres and arts venues across the country in hosting performances giving expression to their Declarations of Emergency. Any individual can submit their letter to be read, and all pieces will be made public during International Rebellion. #LettersToTheEarth
  • If you’re a blogger or journalist and want to cover this story, get in touch with this form. A comment piece will be available soon. A press release with names of those declaring will be available on 2nd April.
  • If you’re unable to be part of the 3rd April Declaration, but are interested in the campaign, fill in the form and be part of further waves of Declaration.

If you have any questions about the process of declaring and what might arise for you, you can find answers here in the toolkit.

This toolkit has been created by a growing group of practitioners, aiming to inspire and support the Arts & Culture sector to join in declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency. It combines material from Declarations by Extinction Rebellion and councils, advice from Paul Allen of CAT, and draws on a range of expertise about the contribution of Arts & Culture to respond to the planetary emergency.