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Climate Justice

#CultureDeclaresEmergency

How should cultural organisations and venues respond to climate change and the unfair economic and political systems driving it?


ONCA Declares 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.


Get Involved


What Next? Climate & Culture

Here at ONCA we host quarterly What Next? Brighton chapter meetings about climate change and culture, exploring what is going on and how arts sector practitioners can join forces for positive action locally. Our What Next? meetings to bring together artists interested in tackling climate-related issues and the many related spheres.  This is a chance to air ideas, to talk to others doing the same and to learn from each other. Here are the dates for the meetings this year:

Climate Justice Projects & Workshops @ ONCA

We collaborate with academics on effective ways to communicate about climate change, and with researchers on creative activisms. We also devise, host and collaborate on projects that foster agency and self- and group- efficacy among children and young people in the context of environmental change. Here are some of our most recent projects:

Click here to see what Climate Justice activities we have coming up. 

If you have any ideas or questions relating to these activities, please email info@onca.org.uk.