“Art is a means for survival”

Yoko Ono

I have been an active campaigner on a number of issues for the past decade. Since attending the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in 2011, I have made a commitment to campaigning on issues of environmental and social justice.

I am a member of the Art Not Oil coalition, a set of arts-based campaign groups working to bring about the end of oil sponsorship of arts and culture. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face and I feel strongly that the arts should not provide fossil fuel companies with the social legitimacy they need to continue extracting new sources of fossil fuels.

You can read several blogs and articles I have written about the issue of ethical sponsorship for Platform, Classical Music Magazine and The Ecologisthere. I have also written about climate change, music and social justice on my blog.

I was also invited to write for Ruthless Jabiru’s website, reflecting on the ensemble’s approach to programming concerts around themes relating to social justice and the environment.

Nick Clegg

Lobbying Nick Clegg at UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012