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


This 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 launched on 3rd April 2019, with the first wave of 193 declarers announced. The image above shows a glimpse of the launch, with a procession around key London cultural venues and declarations at each stop. For more see this short film and a clip of Zena Edwards singing. Since this event, over 200 more have registered to declare and you can too. The Second Wave will be announced on 8 July at a Culture Declares Emergency Assembly at the Roundhouse in London.

Register to declare

Help spread the word and express your views

  • Help invite other people/organisations to declare using #CultureDeclaresEmergency on social media. Follow @CultureDeclares on Twitter, follow us on Instagram and ‘like’ the Facebook page.
  • One of the first Culture Declares events, Letters to the Earth took place on 12th April. Over 50 venues hosted readings selected from over 1000 letters by members of the public. A selection of Letters and a curated 20 minute piece are available here online for performances during International Rebellion. #LettersToTheEarth
  • If you’re a blogger or journalist interested to cover this initiative, get in touch on See some past Press Releases here.

Take it further and organise

This is a global movement, inclusive of all kinds of culture and creative practice. Under the banner of Culture Declares Emergency, you could organise:

  • a local or national group e.g. 'Culture Declares [your city]'
  • an initiative to encourage a particular form of practice or identity group to declare and respond e.g. 'Museums Declare'
  • a creative participatory project to raise awareness of the emergency and invite ideas

Please encourage your network to register to declare using our form, and let us know what you plan to do, via and we can share it.

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 draws on a range of expertise about the contribution of Arts & Culture to respond to the planetary emergency, combines material from Declarations by Extinction Rebellion and councils, and advice from Paul Allen of CAT.