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Culture Declares Emergency

Culture Declares
22 April 2021

Culture Declares Emergency

Wiltshire Creative is proud to announce – fittingly on Earth Day 2021 – that we are joining forces with other arts, cultural and community organisations in the UK to declare a climate and ecological emergency.  This is an opportunity for us to share publicly our commitment to sustainable change in the way we create, work and live.

There is growing feeling that cultural organisations play an important role in raising awareness of the climate emergency and can lead the way in highlighting practical responses, both in the way we create and the way we live.

Wiltshire Creative has championed sustainable improvements to reduce our own environmental impact over the last 10 years and will continue to do so. We take our commitment to fulfilling the Arts Council Sustainability Investment Principle very seriously and proudly join our local funding partner, Salisbury City Council, in the Culture Declares Emergency movement.  Our extensive work with the Community and with Young People puts us in an ideal position to influence change positively. We look forward to a continued partnership with organisations such as Sustainable Salisbury and Culture Declares Emergency as we raise awareness and lead change through all areas of our work.

Wiltshire Creative will continue to tell the story of its sustainability work to address the climate crisis, as we journey on and recover from the Covid pandemic and beyond. We hope to inspire our audiences, creative collaborators and partners to join us in making sustainable changes to the way we all create, the way we all work and the way we all live.

 

Our Declaration

For a number of years our planet has been stressed by the relentless depletion of its natural resources, which is having a significant negative impact on the planet’s ecosystems and biodiversity. Being aware of the science of climate change and of the unnecessary over-exploitation of many of the planet’s resources, Wiltshire Creative declares a climate and ecological emergency. 

We pledge to work with and support our communities in Wiltshire and surrounding areas to address this emergency. We call on other organisations to do the same.

 

Our Sustainable Achievements

Wiltshire Creative is committed to change. We have a dedicated Sustainability committee that monitors our impacts and helps to keep a focus on sustainability awareness. 

Since 2010/11 we have reduced our annual carbon emissions on electricity by 36.9 tonnes and gas by 24.5 tonnes giving a total reduction of 61.4 tonnes (21.7%). 

Our water consumption has decreased by 32%, an average saving of 636 cubic metres per year over the same period and our waste management programme ensures that over 98% of our waste is now diverted from landfill.  

We are committed to managing our use of resources as part of a continual improvement strategy.  

We have an awareness campaign to promote sustainability throughout our business and encourage sustainable best practice at home. 

 

Our Future Goals

Wiltshire Creative will regularly assess its environmental performance with the aim of; 

  • Achieving, by 2025, net zero CO2 emissions from gas and electricity by using renewable energy and carbon offsetting 
  • Ensuring, where possible, resources are from sustainable sources and that we achieve 100% fair and ethical trading in our activities
  • Reducing our waste to landfill to zero by 2025
  • Encouraging our customers to use low carbon transport to our venues
  • Having an open culture of improving awareness and sharing of information
  • Ensuring Sustainability is a noted topic at all internal business meetings

Through our creative work we will communicate with people to promote discussion and understanding and support them to respond positively to the real effects of climate change. We will actively challenge ourselves to address the negative impacts we have on the planet’s resources. National and local government departments must also be challenged to continue to drive carbon output to net zero emissions by 2050.