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TUC Yorkshire & the Humber Creative and Leisure Industries Committee (TUC YH CLIC) held an online meeting to discuss what can be done to minimise the adverse environmental impact of touring.

Musicians, performing artists, creatives and their supporting workers need to tour to take their work to audiences and to make a living. In the Climate Emergency, how can we reduce the carbon footprint of touring and tread lightly on our planet?

Can tours be scheduled to reduce the mileage that needs to be travelled? Can we reduce the amount of air travel involved in touring? What can we do to minimise the environmental impact of audience travel to venues?

Organised to further TUC YH CLIC’s Climate Emergency delaration the meeting considered a range of views on these issues and discussed what can be practically done to minimise the adverse environmental impact of touring.

Speaking at the meeting were:

  • Nick Hodgkinson, Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport
  • Sunita Soundur, Flight Free UK
  • Douglas McGill, Bectu Scotland, North East & Yorkshire Organising Official
  • Tahir Latif, Lead Author, transport section of Campaign Against Climate Change's Climate Jobs – Building a workforce for the climate emergency
  • Kelly Wood, Musicians Union Live, Theatre and Music Writers National Organiser
  • Helena Wilson, Equity for a Green New Deal

The meeting was chaired by Equity Regional Official Dominic Bascombe.

Carry On Touring Sustainably! was the second Open Meeting TUC YH CLIC organised as part of its Climate Emergency Work. In April 2022 TUC YH CLIC invited some 40 organisations in the region who had registered on the Culture Declares Emergency website to a meeting to exchange information and share policy and practice. Through this, links were established with Culture Declares Emergency and the Kirklees CDE Hub.

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About TUC YH Creative and Leisure Industries Committee

TUC YH CLIC aims to build links between entertainment unions and unions organising workers in libraries, museums, art galleries and other cultural organisations and to develop inter-union support and solidarity.

TUC YH CLIC drafts the Regional TUC’s Cultural Manifesto which can be downloaded from:

TUC YH CLIC’s Climate Emergency Declaration can be downloaded from 

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