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, with the first wave of 193 declarers announced. The image (by Dan Harvey) above shows a glimpse of the horse-led ceremony that processed around key London cultural organisations, with readings and declarations at each stop. For more see this short film and a clip of Zena Edwards singing in Tate Modern.

Since this event, more are registering to express intention to declare. We will soon plan the best way to announce and celebrate future waves of declaration.

When you register for the next wave

  • If you weren't ready by 29 March, but the time is right now, fill in the form so that we can include you in a future celebration of declarations. Access the information and kitemarks to make your own announcement on your websites and social media.
  • Use this toolkit to guide your process of deciding whether and how to declare, in consultation with your teams or board. Then write your statement, using this Declaration template to provide a basis for your own text.

Help spread the word and express your views

  • Help invite other people/organisations to declare using #CultureDeclaresEmergency on social media. Follow @CultureDeclares on Twitter and ‘like’ the Facebook page and look out for events publicised there.
  • One of the first Culture Declares Emergency events, Letters to the Earth took place on 12th April. More than 46 theatres and arts venues across the country hosted readings of over 1000 letters submitted 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 and want to cover this story, get in touch on See the Press Releases here.

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

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. See more about the Rebellion starting on April 15th.