Turner Contemporary and the Environment

At Turner Contemporary, we are on a mission to protect the planet from the pressing environmental challenges it faces – from pollution and habitat destruction to loss of biodiversity and resource depletion. But most urgently, we are focused on the climate emergency, which requires immediate action to address global warming and its devastating impacts. Rising sea levels, more frequent and severe natural disasters, and altering ecosystems are just a few consequences we must confront. 

Located on the breathtaking coast of Thanet, our gallery is uniquely positioned to support individuals and communities in acting on these issues. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact, preserving, and safeguarding cultural and natural heritage, and empowering audiences to contribute to a sustainable future. To this end, we have already achieved zero waste to landfill, implemented 100% low-energy LED lighting, and optimised temperature and humidity conditions in our galleries to conserve energy. 

We collaborate with organisations such as the Gallery Climate Coalition, Climate Neutral Now & Rise Up. Clean Up. and have established Thanet’s first Teachers’ Environmental Network. If you would like to join forces with us in the fight against the climate emergency, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Together with artists, educators, environmentalists, suppliers, scientists, and innovators, we can create a brighter, more sustainable future for all.