Updated: Sep 23
We’re running out of time.
The world needs to hear from you now.
Write Your Letter to the Earth.
The UN’s Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, published on August 9th 2021, says that human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and irreversible ways.
The report "is a code red for humanity" says the UN chief, and comes with less than 53 days to go before world leaders take decisions at the COP26 UN climate conference that will determine the rest of our lives, and the lives of generations to come.
If every country does what it has promised to do in the next 20 years, according to its commitments so far, the planet will still warm by 2.7-3.1 degrees. As the IPCC report lays bare, this would be catastrophic.
It is not too late to change this.
How quickly we change depends on how many people speak up for it.
We want to hear your visions, stories and messages for a better world.
A world where the wellbeing of all people, planet and life is prioritised in every decision we make.
We invite you to write and share your Letter to the Earth
By doing so, you join other CEOs, colleagues and the business community at large who are showing courageous leadership in their call for ambitious and urgent change.
Because what you have to say makes change possible.
A Letter to the Earth is a letter written to or from the Earth. It can also be written to or from any species, person, place or moment in time.
Writing a Letter is a way to bring all your fears, your frustrations and your love of the earth, to process what is happening to the world and to express your hope and vision for a better future.
Letters matter because they create meaning and connection, and help us to make sense of these extraordinary times.
They can cut through all the noise, decisions and calculations, and reconnect us back to something which is too often missing from the climate crisis discussion: the immense power of our relationship with nature, and each other, to create something better.
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TODAY
It’s easy for you to take part and impact the global story.
From 8th September we launched our campaign to inspire courageous action in the run-up to COP26. Initiated with a Letter to the Earth by Vivobarefoot CEO (Chief Ecosystems Officer) Galahad Clark, we are inviting business leaders everywhere to write and publish their own Letter to the Earth, to activate their staff and customers and be part of a collective story of change-making.
See below to see who has joined the campaign so far.
By 15th October: Our deadline for CEOs, directors and entrepreneurs to write and submit their Letter to the Earth, and be part of a collective media story we're planning on 25th October.
On 25th October: In the week of the G20, and just before COP26 begins, businesses will jointly publish their CEO or Director’s Letter on their website, social media channels and newsletters to inspire staff, customers, and other business leaders to write their own. A mass media story is created.
Here’s how we can support your Letter-writing journey:
Book an internal workshop for you and/or your staff. This is a 1.5 / 2-hour facilitated process to help you create and craft an authentic and personal message
Use our Letter-writing toolkit for your organisation to run your own sessions in-house
For one-to-one feedback on your Letter, contact Jon Slack at email@example.com
Activate your business and beyond:
Inspire others to take part in the Letter-writing campaign by activating your “notable” brand Ambassadors and influential friends: invite them to write their #LettersToTheEarth and share it with their communities and social networks, inspiring others to connect with a better future through their message. See examples of social engagement and other letters here.
Partner with us to offer Live Letter-writing sessions on Instagram & Facebook Live and in-store, office and event spaces.
Activate your business community’s #LettersToTheEarth across your own networks: socials, apps, newsletters and content platforms, with Letter examples, COP26 messaging and inspiring content to generate more campaign activity.
This is the moment.
Scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast to get to net zero carbon. World leaders have a chance to take bold and decisive action. But they - and the public that is watching them - need to hear from you.
Every decision, every day and every voice counts. The clock is ticking.
Together we can do this if we act now.
For more information contact Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your Letter!
WHO HAS JOINED SO FAR
WHO WE ARE
Letters to the Earth is a global participatory campaign in response to the planetary crisis that launched in collaboration with Culture Declares Emergency in 2019. The public are invited to put pen to paper and write a Letter to or from the Earth, other species, people in positions of power, or future or past generations. In its first month, a thousand letters were submitted – letters of love, loss, hope and action from all walks of life and from every corner of the globe.
Contributing authors include Yoko Ono, Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Laura Whitmore, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, indigenous activists in the Amazon and Philippines, world-renowned climate scientists and policy experts, children, teachers, nurses and journalists. A collection of curated letters has been published by HarperCollins UK and US in an award-winning book, Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis, introduced by Emma Thompson and illustrated by Jackie Morris. Letters continue to be written and shared online, in schools, in lockdown, in performance and in communities.
Business Declares is a not for profit organisation that exists to raise awareness across the business sector of the imperative to accelerate action to address climate change, biodiversity loss and social injustice. We believe in the imperative to future proof every business by balancing profits with people and ethics and in doing so to live within planetary boundaries.
Working closely with other climate initiatives ensures our work is additive, maximises reach and affects real change, this includes our official partnership with the UN COP26 Race to Zero Campaign which includes all our member businesses.