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Pete Lawrence - 12 Jul 2019
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The Little Chill and Campfire Convention join Radiohead, Foals, Nadine Shah, Hot Chip, Chrissie Hynde, Suede. Wolf Alice, Geoff Barrow, Gilles Peterson, Alt-J, Bernard Butler, Beth Orton, Guy Chambers, Carleen Anderson, Ezra Furman, Coldcut, Bonobo and many more artists who 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.

Campfire Convention Firestarter Pete Lawrence said "It's inspiring to see musicians and labels getting involved in activism and they can make a difference. Glastonbury banning plastic water bottles is just one small example of how mindsets can be changed at music events. Campfire has supported the actions of Extinction Rebellion since day one and their co-founder Roger Hallam is speaking at our August Campout event and he's advocating preparing for prison to make our case. People have to own up to the nature of the emergency and make sure that climate breakdown is widely recognised as the most urgent issue of our times and drastic action is now required."

The music industry has today declared a climate and ecological emergency. Artists, labels, venues and promoters across the UK have joined together via the newly formed Music Declares Emergency to sign a declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency. 

The declaration states

  • 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.

Signatures on the declaration represent the entire spectrum of the UK music community. It encompasses major labels, leading independents, prominent organisations within the live music community, major names in the classical, jazz and folk sectors, artists from all genres, artist managers and individual music professionals. For a current list of all signatories please visit www.musicdeclares.net

Tom Odell explains  his reasons for declaring

"The climate is changing, we must respond quickly, and protect this beautiful earth we share with so many heavenly creatures and plants. We must act, otherwise we shall have no one to blame but ourselves."

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."

Organisations and individuals within the music industry can sign the declaration at www.musicdeclares.net.

For a full list of current signatories, please go to www.musicdeclares.net 

 

Media contact – pr@musicdeclares.net 

Artist contact – artists@musicdeclares.net 

Business contact – industry@musicdeclares.net

 

About Music Declares Emergency:

Music Declares Emergency is an independent group created by music business executives and artists concerned at the lack of a cohesive, industry wide response to the climate emergency. It believes that the music community can drive forward public understanding and pressure government to take immediate action on climate and biodiversity loss. MDE aims to facilitate industry wide conversations to harness the collective cultural and economic power of the music business to achieve a net zero greenhouse gas emissions future for the music industry. 

The Little Chill is happening July 26-28 in Sussex



 

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Ayvin Rogers

Good to see Julie's Bicycle are on board. They've been campaigning for over 10 years about environmental issues in the creative industries, with lots of tools and resources to make a difference. Good to see that the music industry is collectively catching up!

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