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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust outlines its commitment to environmental sustainability

First Shakespearian heritage organisation to join the EarthShakes alliance

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is delighted to announce that it is the first heritage organisation in the world to sign up to the EarthShakes Alliance - a global collective of Shakespearian theatres and organisations committed to putting environmental concerns at the heart of their operations.

The EarthShakes membership comes at an important time in the Trust’s journey to becoming environmentally sustainable with the goal of being carbon net-zero in its own emissions by 2030. Between 2016 and 2020 the Trust’s energy usage has almost halved, from 513 tonnes Co2e per annum to 269 tonnes CO2e. In addition, all of its energy contracts are with renewable suppliers.

Dr Paul Edmondson, head of research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: “Shakespeare’s plays present green spaces as the settings for conviviality, community, escape, and magic; places where we can find out truths about ourselves. He knew the importance of our balanced relationship with the natural world, a balance that was shifting during his own times. We seek to be part of this important conversation that Shakespeare continues to inspire, and our ambition is to work in as sustainable a way as possible to minimise our environmental impact, and to become an exemplar of an environmentally sustainable operation within the heritage sector.”

Dr Katie Brokaw and Dr Paul Prescott of EarthShakes Alliance: “We are thrilled to welcome the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to the EarthShakes Alliance. As caretakers of Shakespeare’s heritage in Stratford-upon-Avon, they are well positioned to make vital connections between the past and the future, and have already been practicing sustainability in many of their operations. We look forward to partnering with them as our first heritage and research organisation in the alliance.”

As part of efforts to raise awareness of its environmental commitments, the Trust is planning a number of initiatives over the coming months across its historic sites in Stratford-upon-Avon and digitally for everyone to get involved, including events and talks on the theme of Shakespeare and nature. For more information and updates, see www.shakespeare.org.uk/about-us/sustainable-shakespeare

About EarthShakes Alliance

Launched in April 2021 at the Globe4Globe: Shakespeare and the Climate Emergency symposium sponsored by Shakespeare’s Globe and University of California Merced, the EarthShakes Alliance believes that global warming and biodiversity loss present monumental challenges to life on the planet, and understand that the effects of these environmental changes unequally affect those who are least responsible for human-made climate change. We hope to leverage whatever power Shakespeare's plays might contain to highlight these issues and imagine more sustainable and equal futures for all. www.earthshakes.ucmerced.edu