Cardboard Citizens declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Posted on: 04 April 2019

Written by: Tom Davies

Cardboard Citizens have joined over 190 other cultural organisations to declare a climate and ecological emergency.

We're part of the Culture Declares Emergency movement, alongside organisations like Battersea Arts Centre, the Royal Court, Manchester’s Home and the Lyric Hammersmith. The movement aims to draw attention to the decreasing time we have left to arrest man-made climate change, the mass extinction of biodiversity, and a degradation of the planet's ecosystems.

Our declaration can be found below, and through it, we pledge to take decisive action to speak out and make changes to the way we create work.

Read more about the declaration on The Stage, or via Extinction Rebellion.


Cardboard Citizens declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency

We pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.

These are our intentions:

1. Cardboard Citizens will tell the Truth

Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and communicate the urgency for far-reaching systemic change.

In our communications, we will encourage and support our Members, audiences and partners to discover the truth about the Emergency and the changes that are needed.

2. Cardboard Citizens will take Action

Governments must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.

We pledge to work towards reducing our emissions to net zero* by 2025.
We will challenge the policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where we interact with them, that do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels.
We will actively work to imagine and model ways that our organisation can regenerate the planet’s resources.

3. Cardboard Citizens is committed to Justice

The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices. Arts and Culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways we relate to one another and the world, in our values and behaviours.

We will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst our communities about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed.
We will support demands for more democracy within our civic institutions and government.
We believe that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice based on intersectional principles, led by and for marginalised people.