ICOM UK joins ‘Culture Declares Emergency’

ICOM UK joins other cultural organisations in declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency The ‘Culture Declares Emergency’ campaign launched on 3rd April 2019 with the aim of working with and supporting communities and local government in tackling this Emergency.

As representative of the global museum community, the vision of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is a world where the importance of natural and cultural heritage is universally valued. Today, more than ever, museums and their communities face unique challenges related to social, economic, and ecological issues. While serving as witnesses of the past and guardians of humanity’s treasures for future generations, museums play a key role in development through education and democratisation.

Museums offer an existing global infrastructure. They are uniquely placed to facilitate collective action by building networks, raising public awareness, and supporting research and knowledge creation. They can enhance sustainability and climate change education by working with and empowering communities to bring about change to ensure an habitable planet, social justice and equitable economic exchanges for the long term.

Through its Working Group on Sustainability, established in 2018, ICOM aims to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement across its range of activities, and to support its members and member museums to contribute constructively in upholding the Sustainable Development Goals and towards climate change adaptation and mitigations.

ICOM UK now commits to the aims of ‘Culture Declares Emergency’. This includes communicating issues relating to climate change truthfully to enable citizens to understand the scale and urgency of systemic change. ICOM UK will work towards reducing our carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and assist our partners in reducing their emissions. ICOM UK will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst our communities about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes required.