The widest and wildest creative responses to climate change in arts venues, on streets, in schools, at festivals, across broadcast, film, fashion and music.
From June to December 2018, the UK’s creative community hosted a season of diverse, multidisciplinary responses across the arts, culture and creative industries. Involving 76 venues, 68 organisations and 119 events nationwide over a period of 6 months, it was the first coordinated national response from artists and arts organisations speaking out together on the future of our planet, a global chorus about our Earth. Centred on optimism and celebrating the environment through culture, it aimed to inspire action on climate change.
The Season coincided with the landmark UN Climate of Parties ‘COP24’ talks taking place in December 2018, which were critical in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.
We took inspiration from Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), responsible for COP21 and the delivery of the Paris Agreement:
“I thank all those artists, from the late, great David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Bjork and Coldplay to author Margaret Atwood, designer Vivienne Westwood, and actors Colin Firth and Stephen Fry, for getting behind the Paris climate summit. I also look forward to their support, commitment and action towards realising the aims and ambitions forged in the French capital in December including through taking measures to manage down the carbon footprint of these highly influential creative industries”