Julie’s Bicycle declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency
Julie’s Bicycle helps the creative community take meaningful action on climate change and environmental sustainability and have been at the heart of the cultural conversation on climate change for over a decade.
In supporting the #CultureDeclaresEmergency initiative, we pledge to continue to work with and support our community and advocate internationally in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.
These are our intentions:
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.
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.
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.
Letters to the Earth
The launch of Letters to the Earth takes place on Friday 12 April, where 52 arts venues, theatres and community spaces across the world, from Zambia to Canada, from Latvia to New Zealand, will host readings of Letters to the Earth, to coincide with the Global Youth Strike for Climate and as part of the lead up to Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion which begins Monday 15 April.
Here is a letter written by JB Founder and Director, Alison Tickell:
– Photo above shows a snippet of an artistic intervention by Ackroyd and Harvey through Central London that culminated in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall. Photograph by The Lightscaper Photography