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Climate Justice

#CultureDeclaresEmergency

ONCA has joined a coalition of over 180 leading UK arts and culture institutions and individuals who have declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

In recognition of the science of climate change and of the devastating climate-related impacts of extractive capitalism on human lives, biodiversity and ecosystems around the world, ONCA 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. We will tell the truth

Governments and the media must tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency and its associated harms that disproportionately affect frontline communities and people of colour all over the world. Governments and the media must communicate the urgent need for far-reaching systemic change. We pledge to:

  • Use our platforms to communicate with people and support them to discuss and respond to the climate and ecological emergency, and to understand the changes that are needed.

2. We will take action

Governments must reverse climate-harming policies and enact legally binding policy measures to reduce CO2 emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels. We pledge to:

  • Work towards reducing ONCA’s CO2 emissions to net zero by 2025 by continuously reviewing and developing our environmental policies and in dialogue with our suppliers
  • Challenge local and national government policies and actions that do not help to reduce CO2 emissions or fossil fuel consumption levels
  • Imagine and model ways that ONCA and its organisational practices (eg. programming, public engagement, recruitment, commissioning, fundraising, procurement) can regenerate the planet’s biodiversity and ecosystems in ways that support social and racial justice.

3. We are committed to justice

The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices. Arts and culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways people relate to one another and the world, in values and behaviours. We pledge to:

  • Use ONCA’s privileges, platforms, spaces and other resources to amplify the voices of people experiencing climate and environmental injustice and highlight intergenerational harm.
  • Support practical acts of solidarity that are informed by people directly affected by the systems and structures driving the ecological emergency, and promote initiatives led by these communities.
  • Ensure that our practices and projects are underpinned by reflective dialogue as we push for rapid action for climate justice.

Declaration ends. 

For more information on #CultureDeclaresEmergency, please see the CultureDeclaresEmergency website.