Culture Declares Emergency

We, Station House Opera, 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, and communicate the urgency for far-reaching systemic change.
We call on the Government, and our public broadcasters and cultural agencies, to tell the truth about the known facts of climate breakdown and mass extinction, and the urgency for far-reaching systemic change.
The power of major companies to protect their financial interests threatens the likelihood of our institutions being open with the public, or declaring what constitutes practical, effective action. We will join in communicating with the public so that these necessary truths continue to spread into public opinion.

2. We will take Action
National and local governments must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels. They must also negotiate with foreign governments for just and effective policies for global action.
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, which do not prioritise the reduction of emissions and consumption levels.
As an art organization, we will both make the case for new ways of living on earth, and address the psychology of our widespread denial and resistance to change. We will seek ways to allow factual truth and emotional truth to proceed hand in hand.
In addition we will make connections between international communities of artistic practitioners and publics alike, working towards an active and engaged investigation of our global environment and possibilities for its regeneration.
In the current Emergency, all artistic activity answers the urgent call to become part of our public reality, embedded in our bodies, part of our own future.

3.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 work for public dialogue and action around climate change that is not limited by power or influence; and will support our communities’ free expression of how the Emergency will affect them and the measures needed to mitigate and adapt to it.
We will support demands for more democracy within our civic institutions and government, and believe that climate action cannot be separated from social justice, which must be based on intersectional principles, led by and for marginalised people.
Our organisation is committed to keeping open communications with others wherever they may be in order to facilitate effective initiatives and allow expression of these concerns both nationally and internationally.