3rd April 2019
We, CHANGE Festival, declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
CHANGE Festival is an arts festival that brings people together in hope and in action to imagine BETTER. Our aim is to celebrate, to inspire, to change the way we relate to one another, change our actions, change our preconceptions, our limitations and change our world.
It is with a heavy heart that we declare a climate emergency, and we do so in the spirit of hope rather than despair. We do so because we cannot move forward until we are honest with each other about the situation that our living world faces. We cannot build on misinformation, falsehoods and denial. We CAN build on truth, on necessity and on courage.
Now is the time for action, for bravery and for hope.
Remember our favourite phrase:
HOPE IS A VERB WITH ITS SLEEVES ROLLED UP.
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.
• We will not hide from the realities that face humanity and our living world: we cannot grow and we cannot change when we are not honest.
• We will encourage everyone to acknowledge the truth of the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
• And most importantly: we will support the ingenuity, imagination and hard work required to achieve systemic change.
2. We will take Action.
• We will continue to actively work to imagine and model ways that our organisation can regenerate the planet’s resources.
• We will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where we interact with them, that do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels.
• We pledge to work towards reducing our emissions to net zero by 2025.
• We will produce CHANGE Festival, an event that invites people to come together to support one another on this crucial journey to transformation.
• We will produce ‘The World We Made’, a play that explores the roles that each of us can play in creating a better future.
3. We are committed to Justice
• We will do what is possible to enable dialogue and expression amidst our communities about how the Emergency will affect them and the changes that are needed.
• We believe that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice based on intersectional principles, led by the marginalised and the underrepresented.
We will not give up. CHANGE is happening.
Becky, Festival Director and the CHANGE Team
19th January 2019
Thank you to everyone who came to our ‘Introduction to CHANGE Festival’ evening on Tuesday 15th January. We were over the moon how many people joined us - from all over Coventry and the West Midlands - to hear about our plans for the upcoming festival.
There were a LOT of inspirational people in the room, including the people behind The Pod, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Godiva Trust, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (Uni of Warwick), Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Uni of Coventry), Feel Good Community, Climate Change Solutions, Purity Brewery, City of Culture Trust, Invisible Dust… and many more!
We shared ideas over homemade-vegan-beetroot-chocolate-brownies (THANK YOU Liam O’Brien for making these) and popcorn and it was truly inspiring to know that there are so many trailblazing change-makers in Coventry who are leading the way to a better future.
This is the start of many more conversations, collaborations and creations together. And if you weren’t able to make it on the night, please don’t be shy about getting in touch to join the growing CHANGE Festival community: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s to the future!