We, the Arts Development Company, declare 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 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.

We will communicate with citizens and support them to discover the truth about the Emergency and the changes that are needed.

  1. We 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 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 my practice / our organisation can regenerate the planet’s resources.

  1. We are 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.

*Net zero means that on balance one’s activities are zero emissions, taking into account all possible Greenhouse Gas emissions and actions taken to mitigate or offset those emissions.

**Awareness of how systems of power combine to multiply the impacts on those who are most marginalised in society.

Our Actions So Far

We presented at Dorset Council’s Climate event. We continue to submit our responses and questions in cabinet meetings about the environment, economy and housing.

Find out more about the event here >

 Image by Trevor Bevins

We are working to make affordable housing more sustainable. We are building a micro house for a rough sleeper to test how local building materials will reduce carbon emissions and create more sustainable and affordable housing.

Find out more here >

Illustration of our team. Our marketing officer Jaz is holding a computer and showing our bookkeeper, Sarah, something on the screen. Hannah, our Inclusion and Wellbeing lead, is facing away from us and waving at Cleo and Jo next to her. Cleo, our environments lead, is holding a shovel and smiling, and Jo, our Health and Wellbeing lead, is next to her smiling. Rosie, our leadership and social impact lead, has her arm round Sarah, our Chief Executive, who's also smiling

We have a new paperless accounting system. A small but important step towards net zero carbon emissions, thanks to our brilliant bookkeeper Sarah Colwell.


Get Involved

  • Declare as an individual or an organisation. They have really helpful guides about how to declare, what to do once you have and text and images you can use. Declare here > 
  • Season for Change has created a toolkit to help you programme, educate and advocate. View here >