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Arts sector celebrated for tackling climate change

The winners of the Creative Green Awards have been announced as part of this year’s inaugural London Climate Action Week.

The awards saw individuals and organisations from the arts world celebrated for their efforts in taking action on climate change and the environment.

The ceremony featured a rousing keynote from international environmental lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist Farhana Yamin, as well as well contributions from across a number of other climate champions.

Farhana Yamin said:

The climate and ecological emergency needs action like never before. The Creative Green community of cultural organisations is a community of action – and these winners are showing the way.

The awards were organised by Julie’s Bicycle, a charity which supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

The ceremony featured music from Orchestra for the Earth and a selection of sustainability films presented by the Curzon Bloomsbury, which hosted the event. Awards were handed out by a number of high-profile names in the arts and cultural sector, including Reading and Leeds Festival chief organiser Melvin Benn and Mercury Music Prize nominee Sam Lee.

In keeping with the theme, each winner received commemorative plates made from recycled materials and bio-waste.

It was the third year that the Creative Green Awards had taken place, which this time coincided with the Mayor of London’s first ever Climate Action Week. The week saw experts come together to run events in the capital on ways to take action at a local, national and international level. The Week follows the climate and ecological emergency which was declared by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan following protests in April by Extinction Rebellion.

The organisers say that the ceremony was an important moment to demonstrate to other arts organisations what actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint and inspire others to follow suit.

Image by Julie’s Bicycle

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