Tate Modern | Credit: Fred Romero
Directors of the arts organisation pledge to respond to climate emergency with actions across Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St. Ives
Tate, the organisation which manages four of the UK’s most popular and prestigious art galleries, has become the latest high profile institution to declare a “climate emergency”, pledging to step up its efforts to reduce the impact of the cultural sector on the environment.
In a statement published on its website last week, directors at Tate said society had reached a “defining moment in the history of our planet and the cultural sector has a unique part to play in effecting change”.
They pledged to respond with actions across all four Tate galleries – Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives – by using their art exhibitions, cafes, and bars to raise awareness of the climate emergency and drive change throughout the cultural sector and beyond.
Last week the Tate Modern opened an exhibition by the artist Olafur Eliasson focused on climate change and the environment, as part of which the gallery said it held an event to discuss the role of artists, campaigners, and cultural organisations in addressing environmental issues.
For its own part, Tate has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by “at least” 10 per cent by 2023 against 2019 levels, and is in the midst of switching to a green electricity tariff across all four of its galleries.
The organisation also said it had “helped shape international green museum principles”, including sustainably sourcing food for its bars and cafes, placing a greater emphasis on vegetarian and vegan options, and auditing its travel with a ‘train-first’ policy to cut down on cars and flights.
But Tate conceded that it faced “some hard truths about how we operate” on a national and international level, and therefore planned to make its long-term environmental commitments more “ambitious in…
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