Why change matters

We need rapid and urgent action now to address the climate, nature and justice crisis. Meaningful change and action will happen if rooted in the understanding that:

Climate change is a systemic issue, interconnected with social, political and economic factors, all of which drive its causes and effects.

We are overexploiting and damaging the ecosystems upon which we depend and losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate. Climate change leads to biodiversity losses, which in turn leads to further climate change. We cannot solve one without the other.

The climate and nature crisis change disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities, those least responsible and less equipped to adapt to its consequences. Its impacts exacerbate the inequity and injustices in which this crisis is rooted. As such, climate justice needs to be an integral part of climate action.

What is...


Avoiding and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Adaptation & Resilience:

Adapting and responding to the impacts of the changing climate, and building resilience to future changes.

Loss & Damage:

The consequences of climate change beyond what can be adapted to.

Climate Justice:

Climate Justice is a framework for addressing climate change based on the recognition that it disproportionately impacts the most disadvantaged and least responsible people and places, and multiplies existing social and economic injustices, and that we must address this inequity and social justice in our climate change solutions. Climate justice is deeply connected to racial justice, gender and disability, labour rights, land justice, the rights of nature, and environmental justice. This intersectionality must be recognised and addressed to ensure that responses to climate change do not lead to greater inequalities and injustices.

Our Role

The creative and cultural community has a unique and crucial role to play in acting on the climate, nature and justice crisis. The essence of who we think we are - cultural values, narratives, identities, myths and metaphors – are captured in artistic and cultural expressive forms, and located in cultural practice and places. Transforming cultural place and practice to meet the scale of this emergency with energy and inspiration can have an exponentially powerful effect far beyond our immediate environment.

"Making the changes needed to tackle our greatest global challenge will require paying attention to culture as it manifests in our past, our present, and how we imagine and make our future."
Alison Tickell, Founder and Director, Julie’s Bicycle

The screen sector must take meaningful positive action on the climate, nature and justice
crisis. It is crucial it adapts, builds resilience, and responds to the concerns of its audiences
and communities, telling stories which help them understand why it is so important to act,
and showing how we can do it. The BFI already recognises this, as evidenced by the
inclusion of environmental sustainability as one of three principles which underpin its Screen
Culture 2033 strategy and its National Lottery Strategy 2023-2033. Read more about BFI’s
environmental sustainability principle here and its declaration on climate and ecological
emergency here.

"Cultural audiences are very concerned about the impact of climate change – film audiences even more so.

81% of cultural audiences, which gave film as the main artform they engage with, think cultural organisations have a responsibility to influence society to make radical change in response to the climate emergency."
Indigo Act Green 2023 – Cinema Insights, webinar exploring the data on cinema audiences from the Act Green 2023 survey


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BFI Sustainable Screen Climate Literacy
Webinar & Video
Julie’s Bicycle Climate Literacy webinar looking at the causes and consequences of the climate, nature and justice crisis and what the screen sector can do to affect meaningful, positive change.
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Indigo Act Green 2023 Cinema Insights
Webinar & Video
Indigo and BFI Sustainable Screen Act Green 2023: Cinema Insights webinar exploring film-goers’ attitudes towards the climate emergency and the role of cultural organisations in tackling it.
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Equity for a Green New Deal Ten Commitments
Ten Commitments on reducing the environmental impact of TV and film, created by members of Equity for a Green New Deal, with the support, resources and advice of Equity, ClientEarth, Heads of Production for Climate, BAFTA albert, and freelance arts workers.
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Creative Industries and the Climate Emergency
The UK’s first review of the Creative Industries and Net Zero, done in partnership between Julie’s Bicycle, BOP Consulting and Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, brings together for the first time a sector by sector overview of the creative industries, and looks at progress to date and what more the sector needs to do to reach Net Zero.
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Creative Climate Charter
A commitment from the UK Creative Industries to mobilise ambitious action on the climate and biodiversity crisis.
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albert - The Climate Content Pledge
The Climate Content Pledge, launched at COP26 in 2021, is a commitment from broadcasters to using their content to help audiences understand what tackling climate change might mean for them, as well as inspire and inform sustainable choices.
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Creative Climate Justice Hub
A library of climate justice resources curated by Julie’s Bicycle for the arts and cultural community.

Where would you like to go next?

Getting Started
Where to start in developing environmental commitment, understanding and action.
Good Practice
What to focus on across key types of screen sector activity ‘beyond production’: exhibitors; screen archives; education, skills and training providers, and; sector support and promotion bodies.
Taking Action
The kind of action organisations can take in different areas from energy and travel to food and digital.
Banner image: Outdoor Cinema (Electric Pedals): Photographer Colin Tonks