I, Nick Martin, composer and musician 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 my emissions to net zero* by 2025. I will stop flying, and will travel to meetings and other events on public transport wherever possible

I will challenge policies and actions of local and national governments and their agencies, where we 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 / our organisation 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.

Declaration ends.

*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.


Nick Martin is a composer/musician living in Copenhagen. He holds a Bachelor in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his teacher was Simon Bainbridge, and a Masters degree in Composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where his teachers were Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen.

Though he grew up playing and studying classical music, Martin has always had a broad taste, with a particular passion for electronic, folk and early music. The Guardian journalist Paul Morley described his music as ‘deliciously sparse and exquisitely controlled, and as much as I can hear the scattered traces of Ligeti motion and Bainbridge meticulousness, it’s also something that I can image being played on my dream radio show alongside The Field, Xenakis, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Jon Hopkins, Morton Feldman, Murcof and Matmos. It’s contemporary music that can be of interest as much to Sigur Ros and Can fans as to lovers of Birtwistle and Cage.’

He has written music for orchestras, ensembles and soloists, including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble, Esprit Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Bjarke Mogensen, Piazzolla Orchestra, Copenhagen Cello Quartet, Copenhagen Girls Choir, Mercury Quartet and Esbjerg Ensemble.

In 2018, he established the group ‘Thou Art a Vessel’, which comprises musicians and singers from folk, jazz, classical and Armenian traditions.

His debut record, Separation, was released in June 2018, on the label Gotta Let It Out.

Nick Martin is a member of the Danish Composers Society, The Woodland Trust and the RSPB.