Music Declares Emergecy: Musicians and organisations come together against climate change

12th July 2019

A huge number of people and organisations in the music industry are backing climate change initiative, Music Declares Emergency, announced today (12 July 2019). 

Brownswood Recordings, EFG London Jazz Festival and the three major labels are amongst the hundreds of first wave signees. You can see the full list here, which includes promoters, managers, agents, venues, festivals, labels and publishers. 

In their declaration, Music Declares Emergency says: 

  • 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.

Alison Tickell, MD of Julie’s Bicycle, is one of the leaders of the campaign. With JB, she’s spent the last decade championing initiatives that help to reduce the environmental impact of music and the creative industries. 

In a statement issued this morning, Alison says: “It has never been more important to understand the gravity of the climate crisis and to do more. Music Declares Emergency was created to enable the UK music industry to declare a climate and ecological emergency, to accelerate collaboration and ambition in order to meet critical targets, and to call on government to use their policy and investment tools to help us to reach those goals”.

In the declaration, artists and their business partners call on governments across the world to “act now to reverse biodiversity loss and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2030”. It also calls on governments and the media “to tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency”, before adding “we recognise that the emergency has arisen from global injustices and will work towards systemic change to protect life on Earth”.

Find out more about Music Declares Emergency and sign up here

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