Declaring Climate Emergency

Having performed a poem at the Culture Declares Emergency (CDE) Bristol launch on Friday 28th, I’m making my individual declaration of Climate Emergency.

Declaration: I , Caleb Parkin, declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency

I pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and call on others to do the same.

These are my intentions:

1. I will tell the Truth

Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and communicate the urgency for far-reaching systemic change. ‍

I will communicate with citizens and support them to discover the truth about the Emergency and the changes that are needed. 

2. I will take Action

Governments must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.

I pledge to work towards reducing emissions to net zero* by 2025.

I will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where I interact with them, that do not help to reduce emissions or consumption levels.

I will actively work to imagine and model ways that my practice can regenerate the planet’s resources. 

3. I am committed to Justice

The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices. Arts and Culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways we relate to one another and the world, in our values and behaviours.

I 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. 

I will support demands for more democracy within our civic institutions and government.

I believe that all truth-telling, action and democratic work must be underpinned by a commitment to justice, based on intersectional principles**, led by and for marginalised people.


*Net zero means that on balance one’s activities are zero emissions, taking into account all possible Greenhouse Gas emissions and actions taken to mitigate or offset those emissions. 

**Awareness of how systems of power combine to multiply the impacts on those who are most marginalised in society. 


If you’re an artist or cultural organisation and wish to state your intention publicly to take action on the climate and ecological emergency, there is a template to do so here.

It might not seem like much – but I feel that there can be a cultural, as well as a climate, tipping point. And if we keep on applying pressure, keep up visibility, and actively work towards an inclusive environmental movement – then every step like this counts. So I encourage you and your organisation to make a Declaration too.

I’ll try to blog more on this – and what it actually means in day-to-day practice – in future.

KS4 Creative Writing Sessions on Zoom

A quick post to share that I’ll be hosting creative groups for Key Stage 4 students initially (years 9 to 11) – with an emphasis on wellbeing – Tuesday afternoons, 2 – 2.50 (BST).

Students, parents and carers can sign up here, through KITE therapeutic learning service –  and explore their range of other tutoring sessions.
My sessions will offer a space for young people to write for wellbeing, with a particular focus on creativity from our immediate surroundings (for obvious reasons).
As with all my sessions, they’ll be inclusive, playful and well structured.
These are a paid-for course, but I’ll share some details soon about other online resources I’m working on which will be free to access.
Please share this around your networks for anyone who might be interested in signing up.
Keep writing, creating and connecting, everyone.

New Year, New Wings

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2019, when I had – in a very real sense – wings.

A belated and brief round-up of last year (I know – it’s nearly February, but midwinter just isn’t my time). 2019 was the year in which I:

Graduated from my MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP), with a dissertation focused on CWTP in museum and gallery settings. I’m immensely proud of the achievement and the training continues to provide me with valuable insights into group process and practical ways of getting the most of the wellbeing aspects of all the groups which I facilitate.

Received Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice funding, to work on my first collection – hurrah! This is progressing nicely and I’m so enjoying the creative freedom to explore queering ecopoetics, more-than-human kinships and the intersections of technology and ecology…Watch this space for more info as that progresse

Worked on lots of projects and workshops, including:

I also performed and ran workshops at Shambala Festival and Poetry in Aldeburgh.

It’s no wonder one gets a little tired and needs a midwinter break, eh?


2020 is off to a vibrant start with publications and projects, including:

  • A selection of my poems on Molly Bloom, here
  • My poem ‘Screenwash’ will be Poem of the Month in Bristol 24/7in February
  • A cephalopod poem of mine will be appearing in Envoi  in April
  • A Section 28-inspired poem appearing in Lighthouse in April
  • I’ll have a (jellyfish/climate change/Dylan Thomas) poem in the Dear Dylan anthology from Indigo Dreams in spring
  • An LGBT+ schools creative writing resource will be on the First Story website in time for LGBT+ History Month in February
  • I’m currently writing a resource for the Foyle Young Poets teacher resource book – more on this once it’s out in the world.

This is also the year I hope to complete my first collection and move it towards publication – which is very exciting indeed!

In these strange and troubled times, I’m extremely appreciative that my work is creative, helpful to others and fulfilling for me. May your work be so for you, too.

Onwards!