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Music Declares Emergency

Music Declares Emergency are calling all artists, music industry professionals and organisations to stand together and protect all life on Earth through the power of music, and promote the cultural change needed to create a better future.

 

Radiohead, Foals, Hot Chip, Chrissie Hynde, Suede, Wolf Alice, Nadine Shah, Geoff Barrow, Giles Peterson, Alt-J, Bernard Butler, Beth Orton, Guy Chambers, Carleen Anderson, Ezra Furman, Coldcut, Bonobo and many more artists have signed a declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Abbey Road, The BRIT School, Sony Music UK, Warner Music UK, Beggars Group, Universal Music UK, Festival Republic, AIM, Village Underground, Music Venue Trust, Kendal Calling, Ninja Tune, AIF, Coda Agency, Domino, Warp, SJM Concerts, Cooking Vinyl lead industry support for declaration. You'll be able to find a full list of  signatories at www.musicdeclares.net.

 

The Declaration:

We call on governments and media institutions to tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency.

We call on governments to act now to reverse biodiversity loss and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2030.

We recognise that the emergency has arisen from global injustices and will work towards systemic change to protect life on Earth.

We acknowledge the environmental impact of music industry practices and commit to taking urgent action.

We will:

Jointly support one another, sharing expertise as a collective industry and community.

Speak up and out about the climate and ecological emergency.

Work towards making our businesses ecologically sustainable and regenerative.

 

We believe that:

 

The continued rise in greenhouse gas emissions and the ongoing devastation of the natural world constitute a clear and present threat to life on Earth.

That an immediate governmental response is necessary to protect all life from climate and ecological catastrophe.

Music, musicians and music businesses, through their unique cultural and economic power, can lead the way in demanding the systemic changes required to secure all life on earth.

We call on all those within the industry to join us in declaring a climate emergency and to work towards making the cultural and operational changes necessary to contribute towards a carbon neutral future.

 

What does it mean to join Music Declares Emergency?:

Making a declaration of emergency is an independent decision for each individual or organisation, and can be done in any way that is right for you/your organisation.

It means publicly announcing your concerns, lending your voice to the chorus calling for more ambitious political action, and following up by taking action on your own environmental impacts within your remit. It does not mean joining any specific group or committing to any actions beyond your limits.

If you are an organisation, it does require consultation of your senior team or board of trustees, and acknowledgement that the declaration itself is only one step in understanding and developing a response to the climate emergency.

 

Want to sign up? Then look no further! Head to www.musicdeclares.net and join the club.

 

Fay Milton, drummer with Savages and member of the MDE working group said

"As I sat at a music festival in the desert, watching Extinction Rebellion’s action unfold so beautifully in London, I realised that something had to change. It seemed like the music world had lost touch with reality, partying like there’s no tomorrow, when ‘no tomorrow’ has become the forecast. On realising I wasn’t alone with these thoughts, Music Declares Emergency was born. The momentum of support has been huge and making a declaration is just the first step to creating real change. We face a climate and ecological emergency and the only proportionate response is to act boldly and act now."

Chrissie Hynde commented

“It's astonishing how it’s been 30 years or more since these issues became obvious and yet we are still in the early stages. This declaration needs to be the moment where music steps up and really pushes the truth to our audiences and confronts governments so that things happen much more quickly. We need to keep up the pressure for action but we can all make changes now by recycling, using less energy, changing our diets and finding out more about the real emergency we face.”  

Joe Goddard of Hot Chip added

"I think it’s important to support this cause because I’m personally interested in survival and the survival of my children."