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“As Sophocles and Shakespeare and Moliere and Ibsen and Brecht wrote plays as interventions into the major political crises of their worlds and of their time, so we now need our writers to record and reflect this probably biggest ever global challenge but, more than that, to help us understand what to do about it, how to prevent climate disruption from destroying so much that the west, the east, the north, the south have struggled to create over millennia.  The time has always been now.”

David Lan, writer, producer, and former Artistic Director of The Young Vic Theatre

press release 20th April 2020

 

For Immediate Release: Monday 20th April

 

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Letters to the Earth invites the world to share their ‘Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis’ this Earth Day 

 

  • On Earth Day, Wednesday April 22nd, Letters to the Earth will stream a series of short videos for the global community to unite in watching and listening to responses to the global pandemic and a planet in crisis [1] 

  • Notable letters come from Nigerian novelist and poet Ben Okri, Indian poet Amlanjyoti Goswamiwriter, journalist and playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero, philosopher Rupert Read, Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh and Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead World Health Organization

  • Members of the public - young and old - from across Europe, America, Chile, Brazil, Australasia, Russia, Palestine, India and Hong Kong share their ‘Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis’ and will be joined by actors including Alison Steadman and Adam Bakri, with a special reading by Christopher Bailey, Arts and Culture Lead at the World Health Organisation

  • Global partners have joined the call to write and share letters, with Letters to the Earth being supported by the UN75, Donmar Warehouse and Extinction Rebellion’s Alone Together programme, as part of Letters to the Earth’s 1 year anniversary [2] 

  • Since its launch in April 2019, the Letters to the Earth campaign and book has had the contribution of Yoko Ono, Emma Thompson, Caroline Lucas, Jackie Morris, Kate Tempest and hundreds of young people and activists worldwide in its campaign to encourage action in response to a planet in crisis. 

 

In February 2019 the British public were invited to put pen to paper and write a Letter to the Earth in response to the climate and ecological emergency. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, or other species. The invitation was open to all and open to interpretation - it could come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, or be a call to action. Letters were written by over 1000 people worldwide - from 4 year olds to great grandparents, artists, scientists, nurses - putting the planetary crisis front and centre. They were performed in arts venues, community spaces and in protest all over the world, driving discourse and change.

 

A year later, in response to the global crisis that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought, Letters to the Earth invites people from across the world to again give voice to their fears, hopes and visions for the future and to write to each other in this time of separation and unknown. 

 

Throughout the day on ‘Earth Day’, Wednesday 22nd April, and to mark 1 year since their launch, Letters to the Earth will premiere a series of short videos of a curated selection of over 50 letters received from their latest callout. Featuring a global community of readers from across Europe, the USA, South America, Australasia, Russia, Palestine, India and Hong Kong, some letters will be read in their mother tongue with others read by a community of actors including Alison Steadman, Noma Dumezweni, Patrick Barlow, Adam Bakri, Danny Sapani, Sudha Buchar, Sarah Hadland, Hardeep Koli, Siobhan McSweeney, Jessica Hynes, Freya Mavor and Ken Nwosu. Giving voice to people’s relationship to the natural world, the videos will also include letters from the published book Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis.

 

The videos will be published at intervals throughout Wednesday 22nd April, available to watch from www.letterstotheearth.com and via Culture Declares’ Facebook and Youtube.

 

Video Premiering Times:

09:00

12:00

15:00

18:00

21:00

 

The public are invited to continue writing and sharing their Letters to the Earth on Earth Day as part of the ongoing campaign. Joining the callout with a special reading is Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead World Health Organization, who will be delivering his letter at the UN75 Moderated Dialogue – Art in the Time of Coronavirus: The Future Is Unwritten, an official UN75 Moderated Dialogue to engage the arts and culture sector in United Nations global policy discussions and implementation efforts. [3]

 

Letters to the Earth Co-Directors Kay Michael and Jo McInnes say: “We’ve received letters of love, grief and hope; letters that give an insight into the multitude of experiences during this universal moment of lockdown, that articulate a heightened sense of interconnectivity with each other and our planet, and that dream of a better future. This Earth Day may be going digital, but our love for the Earth and the need to protect it lives in us every day, no matter where we may find ourselves.” 

 

Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst: “I'm proud that the Donmar Warehouse is supporting Letters to the Earth at this moment.  I found their first call out for letters to a planet in climate-crisis, last year, deeply moving.  That they're reigniting their artistic campaign right now feels essential - using writing and performance to help us collectively reflect, share and perhaps even heal at this new time of global uncertainty.  The urgent need for both social justice and climate justice has never felt more acute and these beautiful Letters to the Earth give that urgency voice. My thanks to some of our artists and local company, who would otherwise be on our stages in the coming weeks, who have been able to contribute to this project.” [4] 




 

Notes to Editor

 

The Campaign Callout

 

Letters to the Earth: ‘Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis’

 

In these moments of separation, stillness and unknown, Letters to the Earth is an opportunity to reconnect and for a new story to emerge. 

What do you want to say? What needs to be heard?

 

For our key workers, neighbours, faraway friends and family. For yourself, for others and for the Earth: Letters of love, support and hope are needed. 

 

Take a moment, from wherever you are. And write your Letter to the Earth.

 

These letters are for you to keep, to give and send (safely), to put up in your window for others to read and to share on social media via #LetterstotheEarth @CultureDeclares on Earth Day.

 

 

Contributing author of Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis, Fiona Glen: “It is offering a purposeful and constructive outlet for the storms of feelings that so many people are experiencing right now. Writing my letter certainly helped me to clarify my thinking, to calm my mind, and to feel connected to others.”

 

Contributing author of Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis, Mary Benefiel:

"I was so excited to receive your invite to contribute another letter to the project. Something lit up inside me - "I can do this" I thought. It was a spark. But how? Everything I knew was thrown up in the air, I was all over the place. Something creative seemed almost impossible. Thus started the strangest writing expedition I've ever undertaken. It took me on a journey I couldn't have predicted, just like how I/we are getting to live this pandemic.... This is such a big event, it needs to be marked for the portal of change and grace it is - which will be tough."





 

About

 

[1] Letters to the Earth

 

Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Introduced by Emma Thompson

Editors: Novelist Anna Hope, Theatre Director Jo McInnes, Theatre-Maker Kay Michael

Price £10 hardback / ebook / audiobook

 

"A beautiful book calling for us all to look after the place we call home ... Read it, then buy it everyone you know"  Red Magazine

NB Magazine Non-fiction Book of the Month (Dec 2019) 

Nominated for Best NonFiction Audiobook at the New York Festivals Radio Awards

Buy here.

Representing the largest creative response to the climate and ecological crisis to date, the book born of the Letters to the Earth campaign by Culture Declares Emergency weaves together the voices of children, parents, poets, scientists, playwrights, actors and authors.

 

In 2019 Culture Declares Emergency invited the British public to put pen to paper and write a letter to the earth. The invitation was open to all – to think beyond the human narrative and bear witness to the scale of the crisis. Letters of love, grief, protest and hope were written by over 1000 people and read at 52 venues worldwide and filmed in the run up to the International Rebellion by actors including Andrew Scott. They took a centre stage at Oxford Circus during the Rebellion's ‘Day of Love’ on April 19th, performed by youth strikers and actors including Emma Thompson, who has contributed an introduction to the book.

 

In the first creative project of its kind, the letters are now published as a collection, curated under the topics Love, Loss, Emergence, Hope and Action. Notable contributors include Yoko Ono, Rob Cowan, Kate Tempest, Richard Holloway, Caroline Lucas, Mark Rylance, co-founder of UK Student Climate Network - Daniela Torres Perez, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion - Dr Gail Bradbrook and Jackie Morris, whose captivating swallows grace the pages. Together they are an invitation to consider how this existential threat affects the way we live our lives and the action we take.

 

Co-Directors of Letters to the Earth are Jo McInnes and Kay Michael.

 

Jo is a theatre, TV and radio director. She is Associate Director of Hackney Showroom and has directed new writing at the Royal Court, National Theatre and Soho Theatre. As director she recently won Best Original Single Drama for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 for Sea Longing. 

 

Kay is a theatre-maker and co-founder of Culture Declares Emergency. As a director she has worked at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Paines Plough Roundabout and Arcola. She runs the Peter Brook Award nominated company Empty Deck where her new work has been presented at the Bristol Old Vic and Summerhall.

 

[2] The callout is supported by Extinction Rebellion’s AloneTogether campaign, a regenerative response to the global pandemic, where they are working to meet the coronavirus crisis in communities with compassion, creativity and mutual aid. 

 

https://rebellion.earth/alone-together/

 

[3] UN75 Moderated Dialogue – Art in the Time of Coronavirus: The Future Is Unwritten: 22 April (Earth Day) 2020

 

In January 2020, as part of its 75th anniversary program, the UN launched its largest global dialogue and outreach initiative, with discussions taking place in all settings across the world, from classrooms to boardrooms and everywhere in between. The purpose of this outreach is to engage the global public and civil society to address the most urgent challenges of our time. The views, concerns and ideas expressed in these Moderated Dialogues will be presented to world leaders of all 193 UN Member States and senior UN officials at the official commemoration of the 75th Anniversary by the UN General Assembly in September 2020. After September, groups around the world will discuss how best to take forward the priorities and proposals generated. As humanity faces its greatest test since the formation of the United Nations in the aftermath of World War II, UN75 will contribute to the envisioning and shaping of a new world by 2045, the United Nations’ centennial; and provide a platform for all sectors of society to act in solidarity in new, creative and deliberate ways for the common good.

 

Art in the Time of Coronavirus marks the first in a series of UN75 Moderated Dialogues organised by The Future is Unwritten, a New York-based initiative to engage the arts and culture sector in United Nations global policy discussions and implementation efforts. The views, concerns and ideas expressed in UN75 Moderated Dialogues and Surveys will be presented to world leaders of all 193 UN Member States and senior UN officials at the official commemoration of the 75th Anniversary by the UN General Assembly in September 2020. After September, groups around the world will discuss how best to take forward the priorities and proposals generated. The Future is Unwritten is produced by CULTURUNNERS and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) in partnership with UN75.

 

Moderator & Panelists

Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead World Health Organization (WHO) – (Moderator)

Anne Pasternak, Director, Brooklyn Museum

Jerry Saltz, Art Critic & Senior columnist at New York Magazine

Mona Chalabi, Artist and Data Journalist

 

 

[4] Donmar Warehouse

 

The Donmar Warehouse is a 251-seat, not-for-profit theatre in London’s Covent Garden. We have won more than 100 awards in our 27-year history under successive Artistic Directors Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage, Josie Rourke, and since 2019 Michael Longhurst. 

 

We bring together a wide variety of people at our intimate warehouse space and elsewhere to create, witness and participate in thrilling, world-class theatre.

 

Through our work on and offstage, we aim to create a more cohesive, functional and creative society by broadening horizons, inspiring empathy and offering outstanding entertainment.

 

We develop new artists and future audiences through our renowned training programmes and our Discover activity with schools and communities.

 

Press information: 

For further information about the Donmar Warehouse, please contact:

James Lever and Jo Allan at Jo Allan PR

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[5] Culture Declares Emergency

 

Letters to the Earth was the first campaign of Culture Declares Emergency, a growing global community of arts and culture practitioners declaring a climate and ecological emergency. It launched in London on 3rd April 2019, with the promise to tell and face the Truth, take Action to seek Justice in response to the emergency. Cultural Declarers include some of the UK's best known arts organisations including Tate, Royal Court Theatre, The Roundhouse, Akram Khan Company, HOME in Manchester, as well as individuals such as artist Sir Antony Gormley, theatre director Katie Mitchell, actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State. Sign up and learn more on http://culturedeclares.org/

 

PRESS RELEASE - 1st April

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 1st April 2020

 

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Letters to the Earth launches ‘Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis’ in response to COVID-19

 

  • Letters to the Earth responds to Covid-19 by calling on the public to write letters of global creative solidarity in a new campaign called ‘Letters to the Earth: Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis’.

  • Artists, key workers, the young and the old - worldwide - are invited to write ‘Letters of Love’ in response to the global pandemic.   

  • Actor and star of ‘End of the F***ing World’ Alex Lawther and writer Mary Heglar are joined by NHS worker Jules Sullivan, Dr Stuart Capstick, lorry driver Les McInnes, shop assistant Annadelia Laterza and school children, asking people to take this moment ‘for a new story to emerge’.

  • A curation of received letters will be performed by a global community of readers as an accessible live stream on Earth Day, 22nd April, to mark the one year anniversary of Letters to the Earth, a campaign that encourages action in response to a planet in crisis. 

  • Since its launch in 2019, the Letters to the Earth campaign and book has had the contribution of Yoko Ono, Emma Thompson, Caroline Lucas, Jackie Morris, Mark Rylance, Kate Tempest and hundreds of young people and activists worldwide.

  • The callout is supported by Extinction Rebellion’s AloneTogether campaign, a regenerative response to the global pandemic

In February 2019 the British public were invited to put pen to paper and write a Letter to the Earth in response to the climate and ecological emergency. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, or other species. The invitation was open to all and open to interpretation - it could come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. Letters of love, loss, hope and action were written by over 1000 people worldwide - from 4 year olds to great grandparents, artists, scientists, nurses - putting the planetary crisis front and centre.

 

A year later and humanity is in crisis.

 

Whilst in the midst of change brought by Covid-19, Letters to the Earth invites people from across the world to give voice to their fears, hopes and visions for the future and to write to each other in this time of separation and unknown. 

 

Marking one year since the launch of Letters to the Earth, the public are invited to send the campaign team their letters to be included in an online event on Earth Day, 22nd April, where letters will be read by international actors, authors, key workers and young people, alongside letters featured in the published book Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis.[1] 

 

Letters to the Earth Co-Directors Kay Michael and Jo McInnes say: “We recognise that around the world right now there is great suffering and disruption. Letters to the Earth invites a moment of pause and solidarity in times of crisis and change. During this time we hope this callout can offer connection to each other and our home Planet Earth.”

The callout is supported by Extinction Rebellion’s AloneTogether campaign, a regenerative response to the global pandemic, where they are working to meet the coronavirus crisis in communities with compassion, creativity and mutual aid. [2]


 

The Callout:

 

Letters to the Earth: Letters of Love in a time of Crisis

 

In these moments of separation, stillness and unknown, Letters to the Earth is an opportunity to reconnect and for a new story to emerge. 

 

What do you want to say? What needs to be heard?

 

For our key workers, neighbours, faraway friends and family. For yourself, for others and for the Earth: Letters of love, support and hope are needed.

 

Take a moment, from wherever you are. And write your Letter to the Earth.

 

These letters are for you to keep, to give and send (safely), to put up in your window for others to read and to share on social media via #LetterstotheEarth @CultureDeclares.

 

You can email your letter to letterstotheearth@gmail.com by midnight Sunday 12th April and tune in on Earth Day 22nd April via www.letterstotheearth.com to hear some of the many letters read.

 

Letters in languages other than English will be accepted.


 

About

 

[1] Letters to the Earth

 

Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Introduced by Emma Thompson

Editors: Anna Hope, Jo McInnes, Kay Michael

Price £10 hardback / ebook / audiobook

 

"A beautiful book calling for us all to look after the place we call home ... Read it, then buy it everyone you know"  Red Magazine

NB Magazine Non-fiction Book of the Month (Dec 2019) 

Nominated for Best NonFiction Audiobook at the New York Festivals Radio Awards

Buy here.

Representing the largest creative response to the climate and ecological crisis to date, the book born of the Letters to the Earth campaign by Culture Declares Emergency weaves together the voices of children, parents, poets, scientists, playwrights, actors and authors.

 

In 2019 Culture Declares Emergency invited the British public to put pen to paper and write a letter to the earth. The invitation was open to all – to think beyond the human narrative and bear witness to the scale of the crisis. Letters of love, grief, protest and hope were written by over 1000 people and read at 52 venues worldwide and filmed in the run up to the International Rebellion by actors including Andrew Scott. They took a centre stage at Oxford Circus during the Rebellion's ‘Day of Love’ on April 19th, performed by youth strikers and actors including Emma Thompson, who has contributed an introduction to the book.

 

In the first creative project of its kind, the letters are now published as a collection, curated under the topics Love, Loss, Emergence, Hope and Action. Notable contributors include Yoko Ono, Rob Cowan, Kate Tempest, Richard Holloway, Caroline Lucas, Mark Rylance, co-founder of UK Student Climate Network - Daniela Torres Perez, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion - Dr Gail Bradbrook and Jackie Morris, whose captivating swallows grace the pages. Together they are an invitation to consider how this existential threat affects the way we live our lives and the action we take.

 

[2] https://rebellion.earth/alone-together/

 

[3] Culture Declares Emergency

 

Letters to the Earth was the first campaign of Culture Declares Emergency, a growing global community of arts and culture practitioners declaring a climate and ecological emergency. It launched in London on 3rd April 2019, with the promise to tell and face the Truth, take Action to seek Justice in response to the emergency. Cultural Declarers include some of the UK's best known arts organisations including Tate, Royal Court Theatre, The Roundhouse, Akram Khan Company, HOME in Manchester, as well as individuals such as artist Sir Antony Gormley, theatre director Katie Mitchell, actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State. Sign up and learn more on http://culturedeclares.org/

 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE - 20th march 2019

 

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Letters To The Earth - a nationwide response to the climate emergency backed by Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe & National Theatre Wales

 

  • The British public is invited to write Letters to the Earth as a response to the climate and ecological emergency we all face

  • Backed by The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre Wales, the Letters will be given expression as part of a ‘day of joint action’ on Friday 12 April in theatres, arts venues and community spaces nationwide

  • Members of the creative industries - including actors, directors and playwrights - are calling on the arts and culture community to do its part to tell the truth about the climate and ecological crisis and take necessary action.

  • Supported by award-winning poet Kate Tempest, Bafta-winner Michaela Coel and playwright Simon Stephens.

  • Inspired by Extinction Rebellion and the global School Strike For Climate, this is one of a range of cultural events in the run up to International Rebellion which begins Monday 15 April

 

Inspired by the work of Extinction Rebellion and the global School Strike For Climate, a new initiative, presented by The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre Wales and a host of others, invites the British public - young and old - to write ‘Letters to the Earth’ as a response to the climate and ecological emergency the world is now facing. Deadline for submissions is midnight Friday 29 March - more information at https://www.letterstotheearth.com.

 

With support from writers Kate Tempest, Michaela Coel and Simon Stephens, the organisers say: “This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea is open to interpretation: it can come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation is open to all - to think beyond the human narrative and bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. This is an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.”

 

Letters To The Earth day of action Friday 12 April nationwide

The ‘Letters To The Earth’ will be presented as part of a ‘day of joint action’ on Friday 12 April across theatres, arts venues and community spaces nationwide. The Letters will also be made available rights free for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15 – 28 April, coinciding with the Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion, the School Strike For Climate, and Earth Day.

 

“We need to find new stories, new ways to imagine our futures. We need to find hope in these dark times,” said Jackie Morris, illustrator and author, who has contributed to Letters to the Earth. “It was an honour to be asked to contribute … to be one tiny part of imagining a better future. I can offer only words, and a small swallow, made from ink, from hope. But I can also offer a fierce love for the wider, wilder world, and a desire to work towards building a better future for my children.”

 

Lucy Davies, Executive Producer at The Royal Court Theatre said: “The Royal Court is proudly supporting and platforming Letters of the Earth. Arts organisations are civic buildings and we must make public space to amplify this emergency, and use our skills, vision and stories to help imagine an alternative future.”

 

David Lan, writer, producer and former Artistic Director of The Young Vic Theatre, said: “As Sophocles and Shakespeare and Moliere and Ibsen and Brecht wrote plays as interventions into the major political crises of their worlds and of their time, so we now need our writers to record and reflect this probably biggest ever global challenge but, more than that, to help us understand what to do about it, how to prevent climate disruption from destroying so much that the west, the east, the north, the south have struggled to create over millennia. The time has always been now.”

 

Culture Declares Emergency

Organised by members of the creative industries - including actors, directors and playwrights - the Letters To The Earth project is the beginning of a wider campaign which calls on culture to do its part to tell the truth about the climate and ecological crisis and take necessary action.

 

Theatres and arts venues across the country are invited to get involved in the coming response to the emergency, by hosting readings of Letters To The Earth on Friday 12 April, followed by an open conversation to bring people together in the face of this crisis.

 

“Hundreds of thousands of school strikers and rebels around the world are demanding action. Local governments all over the world are declaring climate emergencies. It’s time for the arts and cultural sectors to do the same. What does an appropriate response from our sector look like?” commented Kay Michael, theatre director and one of the organisers of the Letters To The Earth project.

 

“Get in touch if you want be involved. We believe deeply that by providing spaces - such as through the Letters To The Earth project - for people to engage and face this crisis, that we can, together, become courageous and creative in our response. The stories we tell and the space we make for this emergency have the ability to shift the global narrative and generate the necessary political will.”

 

“Arts and culture practitioners and institutions, these times are calling on us all - to pause and reflect, not just on the emotional impact of what we are witnessing, but on what we can now do commensurate with this existential threat. As storytellers, writers, theatre-makers, producers, actors, directors, as creators of culture and thought leaders, let’s tell the truth about the climate and ecological collapse and act as though that truth is real.”

 

If you are working in the arts and cultural industries and would like to get involved in the Letters to the Earth project and the wider campaign behind it - email letterstotheearth@gmail.com.

 

Notes to editors

 

[1] We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun. On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change.

 

In October 2018, the International Panel on Climate Change reported that we only have 12 years to change how we live, globally. That doesn’t mean that we have to act in 12 years time - it means we have to act now to avert disaster, and already we are behind. The IPCC described the enormous harm that anything above a 1.5oC rise in global temperature would cause. It told us that limiting to 1.5oC may still be possible yet requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”

 

Yet with temperatures now heading towards 3oC, the warnings of climate and ecological breakdown are already here:

 

In the past year, there are more signs that tipping points are being reached. In December it was reported that the rate of Greenland’s ice melt has quadrupled. Soon after, NASA discovered a huge cavern has opened up under Antarctica, and that a polar vortex destabilised sending freezing Arctic weather over the American midwest whilst January was the warmest month in Australia, ever. In February the BBC reported how the Met Office have said that in the next five years’ we could break ‘safe’ thresholds, risking global climate instability and runaway climate heating. Also in February, there were reports of a catastrophic decline in insect populations which will soon affect our food supplies. Increased disasters are now inevitable.

 

David Wallace-Wells, author and journalist: ‘The devastation of human life is in view’:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/02/the-devastation-of-human-life-is-in-view-what-a-burning-world-tells-us-about-climate-change-global-warming

 

Rupert Read, environmental philosopher: ‘This civilisation is finished: so what is to be done?’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCxFPzdO0Y

 

George Monbiot, journalist: ‘My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back’:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/15/planet-children-protest-climate-change-speech

 

Extinction Rebellion:

https://rebellion.earth/who-we-are/

 

‘Thank you climate strikers, your action matters and your power will be felt.’ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/15/climate-strikers-letter-thank-you

Culture Declares Emergency:

https://sites.google.com/view/culturedeclaresemergency/

PRESS RELEASE - 5th APRIL 2019

 

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Highlights behind the scenes video available of Alex Lawther rehearsing reading letter written by the son of award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, where he addresses his father about the climate and ecological emergency

‘End of the F**king World’ star Alex Lawther reads one of 1,000 Letters To The Earth being presented at 50 global arts venues on Friday 12 April

 

  • More than 50 theatres, arts venues and community spaces across the world, including the Liverpool Everyman, Bath’s Walcot Chapel, Aberdeen Performing Arts in the UK, to venues in Zambia and Canada, Latvia and New Zealand, will host readings of the Letters to the Earth as part of a day of action on Friday 12 April

  • An astounding 1,000 Letters were received from the public as part of the call to respond to the climate and ecological crisis

  • Behind the scenes highlight video of ‘End of the F**king World’ star released today with Alex Lawther rehearsing reading letter written by the son of  award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, where he addresses his father about the climate and ecological emergency

  • Letters received include from American author Rebecca Solnit, award-winning poet Kate Tempest, British playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters and Nick Drake amongst others

  • Letters to the Earth is the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency

  • Day of action coincides with the Global Youth Strike for Climate, and is part of the lead up to Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion which begins Monday 15 April

 

At the end of February a call was put to the British public for a cultural response to the climate and ecological crisis. Within weeks, more than 1,000 Letters to the Earth had been submitted - from 4 year olds to great grandparents - from every corner of the world and from all walks of life.

 

Next Friday 12 April, following the launch of Culture Declares Emergency, 50 arts venues [1 - full list below], theatres and community spaces across the world, from Zambia to Canada, from Latvia to New Zealand, will host readings of these Letters to the Earth, to coincide with the Global Youth Strike for Climate and as part of the lead up to Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion which begins Monday 15 April. Letters to the Earth is the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency.

 

Alex Lawther - ‘End of the F*cking World’

Today a video featuring actor Alex Lawther (Netflix/Channel 4 ‘End of the F*cking World) is being released to highlight the power of the Letters that have been received, the Letter he reads is by the son of award-winning playwright Simon Stephens about the future that the older generation have left for the children of today. Lawther’s video of Stephen’s letter will be made public on 12 April alongside the hundreds of other voices who penned their letters in response to the current climate and ecological emergency.  

 

Simon Stephens said: “There is no greater threat to my children and to the future of this country than the catastrophic instability of our ecology. I wanted to take part in the Letters To The Earth event because I think story tellers can change the way people think about their world. I wanted to help make people aware of how fragile our planet is. But I didn’t want to hector them or browbeat or congratulate them for coming to a theatrical event about ecological stability. What right do I as a middle aged man have to patronise theatre audiences with ideas they already know about?

So I had an idea. I asked my son to write a letter to me telling me about his ideas about my responsibility for what is about to happen to our planet. And he did. It is one of the most important artistic decisions I have made. He wrote a letter that startles me to my core. I urge you to read it.”

 

Notable submissions

Other notable submissions include letters from American author and leading feminist thinker Rebecca Solnit, Jackie Morris, writer and illustrator of The Lost Words,  award-winning poet Kate Tempest, Director of Julie’s Bicycle Alison Tickell, writers Jay Griffiths, Jo Baker and Rob Cowen, TV Presenter and Vicar of Firle Peter Owen-Jones, award-winning writer, journalist and LGBT activist Matthew Todd and playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters, Nick Drake and Nina Segal.

 

Venues will also be hosting post-show conversations and activities to generate discussion that can drive further action. Theatre 503 will be hosting a conversation with environmental activists and climate scientists; young actors from Young Everyman Playhouse company will be performing and running an event at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; and National Theatre Wales will be inviting their local Welsh community to write responses together on the day too.

 

Letters to the Earth [2] is organised by members of the creative industries - including actors, directors and novelists. It is the first event of a wider campaign, Culture Declares Emergency,[3] which calls on culture to do its part to tell the truth about the climate and ecological crisis and take necessary action.

 

The submitted letters will be made public for two weeks from the 15-28th April to be performed by anyone anywhere in the world during Extinction Rebellion’s, International Rebellion Week. [4]

 

Quotes

 

Alex Lawther - ‘Jo [McInnes; Letters To The Earth team and director] called me. She said they had sent out a call and it had been answered by nurses, by poets, by grandmas, by nine year olds, they had all written letters. Art has to be part of a conversation with the rest of the world and right now our planet is dying. She asked me to read Oscar’s letter, and so I said yes.’

 

Edward Nelson, Letters To The Earth team and actor - “We want to provide people an increased understanding of what the current state of planetary crisis is, the desire to learn more about it and a sense of empowerment to take relevant action in their local community.”

 

Anna Hope, Letters to the Earth team and novelist - “The letters have moved, humbled and inspired us by their number, their depth of feeling, and their call to action. They do not shy away from the terrifying scale of the threat we all face, and offer no easy answers, but there is soul medicine in their words. We believe they constitute the largest creative response to the climate crisis the world has yet seen.”

 

Alice Malin, Letters To The Earth team and director - “Reading responses to the climate crisis from children all over the country, I was overwhelmed by how articulate, passionate and wise so many of those letters were. Most of all, I was struck by their bravery. As these letters attest, a generation of children is bearing the emotional load of bearing witness to, and leading the fight against, climate change. This should not be their burden. In granting us the privilege of reading their letters, I hope the young people of today grant us all a share of their courage in facing the truth.”

 

Kay Michael, Letters To The Earth team and director - “In putting this story front and centre and making space for this emergency we have the ability to shift the global narrative and generate the necessary political will to act. The time for action is now.”

 

Coming up:

 

  • 15 AprilInternational Rebellion – Global. Extinction Rebellion activists in the UK and around the world are calling for a full-scale international rebellion: to demand decisive action on the climate and ecological collapse from governments around the world. Come to stay and book time off work.

 

Lines from letters:

 

‘You used to be all beautiful, clear skies and growing trees. A happy place to be. But we have made your skies dirty and smoky and chopped down the trees…. I may be only 12 years old but I care and you should too’

 

‘Please, on behalf of all of those with no voice, use yours to bring change, so we may all have a future.’

 

‘I am every river, every flower, every wave, every stone and they are me, the hunted and the hunter.’

 

‘Why should we care? My dad said that we should worry about our own life, not the rest of the world. It won't affect us. But I disagree with that because in the year 2050 the world will be completely different, in a bad way.’

 

‘You realise, that your mother could die/and you know, you know you’ll do anything’

 

‘We are tiny. We watch parliament cut itself to pieces. We watch the cars belt past our house, planes tear across the sky. We feed the bees. And we are afraid.’

 

Notes for Editors:

 

[1] The 50 Venues hosting presentations of Letters To The Earth throughout the day on Friday 12 April are:

 

Aberdeen Performing Arts

Angora Poets, Paris

Arcola Theatre, London

Arts Admin, London

As It Is Theatre Company

Ashburton Arts Centre

Auburn University, Alabama USA

Baltic Climate Chain, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia

Battersea Arts Centre, London

Bunker Theatre, London

Cambridge Junction

Canada, via Zoom, hosted by Pegi Eyers in Otonabee Ontario

Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales

Centre for Contemporary Art and The Natural World, Dartington

FarnhamLoveYogaStudio

Fruits and Roots, Johannesburg, South Africa

Hallowell, Maine USA

Kaleider, Exeter

Kanyama compound, Mumbwa road, Zambia

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Lucit, Pretoria, South Africa

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London

Metal Culture, Liverpool

Metal, South End

Museum of Liverpool

National Theatre Wales

North Wall, Oxford

Northwich Town Centre

ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Paddington Conservative Club, London

Pleasance Theatre London

Queen's Gardens, Nelson, New Zealand

Royal Court Theatre, London

Royal Exchange and Take Back Theatre, Manchester

Shakespeare's Globe, London

Shop Front Margate

St Augustines Parish Centre, Darlington

The Blue House, Mullumbimby, Australia

The Gate Theatre, London

The George Inn, Newnham

The Space, Isle of Dogs, London

Theatre 503, London

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Trowbridge Town Hall

Ukranian Club, Huddersfield

Unit Four: The Cornucopia Room, Hawick Scottish Borders

University of St Andrews

UpStage (online platform)

Walcot Chapel, Bath

Young Vic Theatre, London


 

[2] About ‘Letters to the Earth’

 

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown.Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun.On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change. It is time to act.

Letters to the Earth urged people to write a letter of response to this crisis. These could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea was open to interpretation: it could come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation was open to all - to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. It’s an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.  

 

All submitted letters will be released for presentation on one day of joint action on Friday 12th April across theatres, arts venues and community spaces. Some venues are opening their doors free of charge to the public, others are live-streaming. High profile readers alongside young people and local communities are involved in the presentation of these letters. Some venues are holding open conversation as part of the day's activity to bring people together in the face of this crisis.

The pieces will then be made rights free and available for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15th – 28th April, coinciding with the International Extinction Rebellion and School Strike For Climate. These pieces could be taken up to be presented and performed globally, when hundreds of thousands of people will be taking to the streets worldwide to demand that governments tell the truth about climate collapse and act accordingly.

 

[3] About Culture Declares Emergency

 

Culture Declares Emergency, created by a group of concerned individuals and institutions from the arts and culture sector, launched 3rd April, with more than 190 leading UK arts and culture institutions and individuals having today declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. The first wave of Declarers include some of London’s best known arts and cultural venues including The Royal Court, The Lyric Hammersmith, The Gate Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre as well as actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State.

 

[4] About Extinction Rebellion

Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.

 

Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by its Government.

 

Extinction Rebellion’s topline demands:

  • The Government must admit the truth about the ecological emergency, reverse all policies inconsistent with addressing climate change, and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens

  • The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels

  • A national Citizen’s Assembly must be created, to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

 

Declaration of Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth/declaration/

The Extinction Rebellion Climate Factsheet for Rebels

https://rebellion.earth/the-climate-factsheet-for-rebels/

 

Get involved in Extinction Rebellion’s other events


 

PRESS RELEASE - 12th APRIL 2019


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Highlights video of Alex Lawther:

Highlights video of ‘End of the F**cking World’ star Alex Lawther rehearsing his recording for Letters to the Earth, written by son of award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, addressing his father:

https://youtu.be/4Kyy8opvmr8

1pm Friday: Letters To The Earth teams up with Youth Strike 4 Climate at Oxford Circus

  • The Letters To The Earth day of action kicks off in 52 venues around the world this Friday 12 April - showcasing the more than 1000 letters written by the public, writers and celebrities in response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency

  • At 1pm tomorrow Oxford Circus, Letters to the Earth will team up with Youth Strike 4 Climate, for a specially curated performance of some of the letters

  • Letters To The Earth is the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency

  • Letters received include submissions from artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, American author Rebecca Solnit, award-winning poet Kate Tempest, British playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters and Nick Drake amongst others

 

As thousands of children and young people take part in this month’s Youth Strike 4 Climate in London, the Letters To The Earth team will join them at the march’s conclusion for a special performance of a selection of over 1,000 letters written by celebrities, writers and members of the general public in response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

 

The event will take place at 1pm at Oxford Circus, with letters being performed by members of Youth Strike 4 Climate, followed by interviews with them and the team behind Letters To The Earth.

 

Cyrus Jarvis, Youth Strike 4 Climate activist says ‘I think one of the most important things when fighting for change is creativity and becoming the people who create culture rather than consume it. It plays a huge part in changing the tide and has a very powerful impact.’

 

Kay Michael, one of the Letters to the Earth organisers and director, said, “Ours is a cultural response to the Climate and Ecological emergency that we invite others to be a part of. Culture Declares Emergency exists to inspire and inform with urgency and vision the need to rise to this momentous moment in history. We have seen the campaign grow exponentially in only one week since its launch, and we’ve been heartened by the public’s response.”  

 

The Letters To The Earth text being presented at the Youth Strike is an excerpt of a longer 20 minute piece that will be released to the public on Monday 15 April for performance anywhere in the world for 2 weeks, coinciding with the School Strike For Climate and Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion. It includes many of the voices from the hundreds of submissions received. The public are invited to take part in readings of Letters To The Earth during the Rebellion in London from Monday 15 April.

 

Notable submissions include letters from artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, American author and leading feminist thinker Rebecca Solnit, Jackie Morris, writer and illustrator of The Lost Words,  award-winning poet Kate Tempest, Director of Julie’s Bicycle Alison Tickell, writers Jay Griffiths, Jo Baker and Rob Cowen, TV Presenter and Vicar of Firle Peter Owen-Jones, award-winning writer, journalist and LGBT activist Matthew Todd and playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters, Nick Drake and Nina Segal.

 

Following the launch of Letters to the Earth on Friday 12 April, 52 arts venues [1 - full list below], theatres and community spaces across the world, from Zambia to Canada, from Latvia to New Zealand, will host readings of these Letters to the Earth, to coincide with the Global Youth Strike for Climate and as part of the lead up to Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion which begins Monday 15 April. Letters to the Earth is the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency.[2]

 

On Friday 12 April venues will also be hosting post-show conversations and activities to generate a discussion that can drive further action. Theatre 503 are hosting a conversation with environmental activists and climate scientists; young actors from Young Everyman Playhouse company will be performing and running an event at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; and National Theatre Wales will be inviting their local Welsh community to write responses together on the day.

 

Coming up:

 

 

  • 15 April – International Rebellion – Global. Extinction Rebellion activists in the UK and around the world are calling for a full-scale international rebellion: to demand decisive action on the climate and ecological collapse from governments around the world. Come to stay and book time off work.

    This will be a full-scale festival of collective action and creative resistance, with people’s assemblies, art actions, stage performances, talks, workshops, food and family spaces.

    Actor and writer Dame Emma Thompson: video invitation to rebelion “It is time to stand up and Save Our Home. On Monday 15 April of this year, the International Rebellion will begin … It’s gonna be a lot of fun, but be prepared to stay. Because now’s the time to save the planet, as we all know there is no planet B. Be there.”

 

Notes for Editors:

 

[1] The 52 Venues hosting presentations of Letters To The Earth throughout the day on Friday 12 April are:

 

Aberdeen Performing Arts

Angora Poets, Paris

Arcola Theatre, London

Arts Admin, London

As It Is Theatre Company

Ashburton Arts Centre

Auburn University, Alabama USA

Baltic Climate Chain, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia

Battersea Arts Centre, London

Bunker Theatre, London

Cambridge Junction

Canada, via Zoom, hosted by Pegi Eyers in Otonabee Ontario

Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales

Centre for Contemporary Art and The Natural World, Dartington

FarnhamLoveYogaStudio

 

Freedom Theatre, Palestine

 

Friends Meeting House, Canterbury

Fruits and Roots, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Harlow, Hallowell, Maine USA

 

Huddersfield Ukrainian Club

Kaleider, Exeter

Kanyama compound, Mumbwa road, Zambia

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Lucit, Pretoria, South Africa

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London

Metal Culture, Liverpool

Metal, South End

Museum of Liverpool

National Theatre Wales

North Wall, Oxford

Northwich Town Centre

ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Paddington Conservative Club, London

Pleasance Theatre London

Queen's Gardens, Nelson, New Zealand

Royal Court Theatre, London

Royal Exchange and Take Back Theatre, Manchester

Shakespeare's Globe, London

Shop Front Margate

St Augustines Parish Centre, Darlington

The Blue House, Mullumbimby, Australia

The Gate Theatre, London

The George Inn, Newnham

The Space, Isle of Dogs, London

Theatre503, London

Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Trowbridge Town Hall

Unit Four: The Cornucopia Room, Hawick Scottish Borders

University of St Andrews

UpStage (online platform)

Walcot Chapel, Bath

Young Vic Theatre, London


[2] International Rebellion

[3] About ‘Letters to the Earth’

 

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown.Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun.On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change. It is time to act.

Letters to the Earth urged people to write a letter of response to this crisis. These could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea was open to interpretation: it could come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation was open to all - to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. It’s an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.  

 

All submitted letters will be released for presentation on one day of joint action on Friday 12th April across theatres, arts venues and community spaces. Some venues are opening their doors free of charge to the public, others are live-streaming. High profile readers alongside young people and local communities are involved in the presentation of these letters. Some venues are holding open conversation as part of the day's activity to bring people together in the face of this crisis.

The pieces will then be made rights free and available for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15th – 28th April, coinciding with the International Extinction Rebellion and School Strike For Climate. These pieces could be taken up to be presented and performed globally, when hundreds of thousands of people will be taking to the streets worldwide to demand that governments tell the truth about climate collapse and act accordingly.

 

[4] About Culture Declares Emergency

 

Culture Declares Emergency, created by a group of concerned individuals and institutions from the arts and culture sector, launched 3rd April, with more than 190 leading UK arts and culture institutions and individuals having today declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. The first wave of Declarers include some of London’s best known arts and cultural venues including The Royal Court, The Lyric Hammersmith, The Gate Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre as well as actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State.

 

[5] About Extinction Rebellion

Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.

 

Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by its Government.

 

Extinction Rebellion’s topline demands:

  • The Government must admit the truth about the ecological emergency, reverse all policies inconsistent with addressing climate change, and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens

  • The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels

  • A national Citizen’s Assembly must be created, to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

 

Declaration of Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth/declaration/

The Extinction Rebellion Climate Factsheet for Rebels

https://rebellion.earth/the-climate-factsheet-for-rebels/

 

Get involved in Extinction Rebellion’s other events

 
19th APRIL 2019


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NEW – What emergency? https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/the-emergency/

11am TODAY: Extinction Rebellion ‘Day of Love’ at Oxford Circus with special performances from Emma Thompson, Lee Ross and Paapa Essiedu

  • At 11am today at Oxford Circus, Letters To The Earth will team up with Extinction Rebellion Youth, Emma Thompson, ‘White Gold’ star Lee Ross, BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Paapa Essiedu, and Royal Court Young Agitators for a specially curated performance

  • Letters To The Earth is the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency

  • Letters received include submissions from artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, American author Rebecca Solnit, award-winning poet Kate Tempest, British playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters and Nick Drake amongst others

 

As thousands of rebels continue to hold the streets of London, Extinction Rebellion launches a ‘Day of Love’, with a procession of Youth Strikers marching from the Eros Statue at Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. They will be joined by actor and writer Emma Thompson, ‘White Gold’ star Lee Ross, and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Paapa Essiedu.

 

Together, with Royal Court Young Agitators and activists from Extinction Rebellion, they will present a special performance of Letters To The Earth, a selection of over 1,000 letters written by celebrities, writers and members of the general public in response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. The event will end with a song specially submitted by Yoko Ono, ‘I Love You, Earth’.

 

The event will take place at 11am at Oxford Circus followed by interviews with performers, activists and the team behind Letters To The Earth.

 

The Letters To The Earth text being presented tomorrow is a specially curated piece that was released to the public on Monday 15 April for performance anywhere in the world for 2 weeks, coinciding with the School Strike For Climate and Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion. It includes many of the voices from the hundreds of submissions received.

 

Letters To The Earth is part of the movement Culture Declares Emergency, supporting the call of Extinction Rebellion that Governments should declare a climate and ecological emergency.

 

Within one month, over 1000 Letters were submitted by writers, including Yoko Ono, Nick Drake, Rebecca Solnit and Kate Tempest in response to the current climate and ecological emergency, and were read by the public and performers including Andrew Scott, Alison Steadman, Tamaryn Payne and Alex Lawther, at more than 50 venues worldwide on April 12th and online.

 

Notable submissions include letters from artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, American author and leading feminist thinker Rebecca Solnit, Jackie Morris, writer and illustrator of The Lost Words, award-winning poet Kate Tempest, Director of Julie’s Bicycle Alison Tickell, writers Jay Griffiths, Jo Baker and Rob Cowen, TV Presenter and Vicar of Firle Peter Owen-Jones, award-winning writer, journalist and LGBT activist Matthew Todd and playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters, Nick Drake and Nina Segal.

 

Cyrus Jarvis, Youth Strike 4 Climate activist says: ‘I think one of the most important things when fighting for change is creativity and becoming the people who create culture rather than consume it. It plays a huge part in changing the tide and has a very powerful impact.’

 

Daniela Torres Perez, XR Youth Strike 4 Climate activist says: ‘I want to spread awareness of a topic people would consider “controversial”. I speak for my people, for my Amazonian ancestors in Peru and for my brothers and sisters out there struggling to live their day to day because of the greediness and unjustified priorities that have been forced on to us from past generations.’

 

Paapa Essiedu, actor: ‘In these times of uncertainty and environmental chaos, we need strong and brave artistic voices to be heard to propel us into a more positive and hopeful future. Meaningful action is urgent or we’re heading to catastrophe’

 

Lee Ross, actor: ‘Humanity is at tipping point. Ideology has betrayed us. So now we need each other more than ever. Extinction Rebellion.’

 

Kay Michael, one of the Letters to the Earth organisers and director, said, “Letters To The Earth has been about inviting the public to start a process of meaningful engagement with the climate crisis that starts from a personal place, can bring people together in community and that can transform into collective action. Extinction Rebellion’s courageous action this week stems from great love for our planet Earth.  There couldn’t be a greater platform to express our Letters To The Earth as part of the demand for change.’

Notes:

About ‘Letters to the Earth’

 

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun.On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change. It is time to act.

Letters to the Earth urged people to write a letter of response to this crisis. These could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea was open to interpretation: it could come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation was open to all - to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. It’s an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.  

 

All submitted letters were released for presentation on one day of joint action on Friday 12th April across theatres, arts venues and community spaces. Some venues are opening their doors free of charge to the public, others are live-streaming. High profile readers alongside young people and local communities are involved in the presentation of these letters. Some venues are holding open conversation as part of the day's activity to bring people together in the face of this crisis.

The pieces will then be made rights free and available for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15th – 28th April, coinciding with the International Extinction Rebellion and School Strike For Climate. These pieces could be taken up to be presented and performed globally, when hundreds of thousands of people will be taking to the streets worldwide to demand that governments tell the truth about climate collapse and act accordingly.

 

www.letterstotheearth.com​

 

About Culture Declares Emergency

 

Culture Declares Emergency, created by a group of concerned individuals and institutions from the arts and culture sector, launched 3rd April, with more than 190 leading UK arts and culture institutions and individuals having today declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. The first wave of Declarers include some of London’s best known arts and cultural venues including The Royal Court, The Lyric Hammersmith, The Gate Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre as well as actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State.

 

Email: culturedeclaresmedia@gmail.com
Twitter: twitter.com/CultureDeclares

#LetterstotheEarth #CultureDeclaresEmergency

The Royal Court Theatre’s Young Agitators are a group of fifteen 18-25 year olds who are part of the theatre’s programme of work for young people. They participate in a year-long programme that integrates young adults into the heart of the Royal Court; developing deep understanding of the uniqueness of how the theatre works. With the aim to support the development of future theatre makers and provide pathways into the theatre industry. The programme includes; dramaturgical and facilitation training, expertise workshops with industry professionals across all theatre departments, dinners with political activists to discuss and debate issues they want to interrogate, attending rehearsals for Royal Court shows, curating Rapid Responses and supporting the curation of Big Idea events, contributing to post show discussions with playwrights and directors and being mentored by a member of the Royal Court staff team.

 

14th august 2019

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Harpercollins to publish letters to the earth as campaign goes international

  • HarperCollins has acquired world rights to a collection of letters from the arts sector and wider public urgently responding to the climate crisis.

  • With an introduction by Dame Emma Thompson and notable contributions from Yoko Ono, Mark Rylance, Kate Tempest, Laline Paull, Richard Holloway, Daniela Torres Perez (co-founder of UK Student Climate Network), Simon McBurney, Matthew Todd, Polly Higgins, Dr Gail Bradbrook and Caroline Lucas MP.

  • The book will also include words and illustrations by CILIP Kate Greenaway prize-winner Jackie Morris.

  • The public are invited to continue writing and sharing their letters in the run up to the anthology's publication on 14th November.

  • All royalties will go towards ongoing creative campaigning for environmental justice.

This autumn, as Extinction Rebellion ramps up international activities, The Global Climate Strike calls on children and adults alike, and the movement of climate and ecological declarations widens, a collection of Letters to the Earth will be published by HarperCollins - letters from the arts sector and wider public urgently responding to the climate and ecological crisis.

Published in partnership with the climate and ecological movement Culture Declares Emergency, the letters will be co-curated by novelist Anna Hope, director Jo McInnes and theatre-maker Kay Michael, with an introduction by Dame Emma Thompson. The anthology will be published this November, as the public continue to write and share their letters. The book will be published on recycled paper, with all royalties going towards ongoing creative campaigning for environmental justice.

Earlier this year Culture Declares Emergency invited the British public to put pen to paper and write a letter to the Earth. The invitation was open to all – to think beyond the human narrative and bear witness to the scale of the crisis. Letters of love, loss, hope and action were written by over 1000 people worldwide – from school children to great grandparents, authors, scientists, nurses. They were read at 52 venues across the world and filmed by actors Andrew Scott and Alex Lawther in the run up to the International Extinction Rebellion. They took centre stage at Oxford Circus during the Rebellion's ‘Day Of Love’ on April 19th, performed by youth strikers and actors including Emma Thompson, Paapa Essiedu and Lee Ross.   

Letters to the Earth weaves the voices of children and the public together with notable contributions from Yoko Ono, Mark Rylance, Kate Tempest, Laline Paull, Jay Griffiths, writer Nick Drake, Rob Cowen, Richard Holloway, Daniela Torres Perez (founder of UK Student Climate Network), Simon McBurney, Matthew Todd, Polly Higgins, Dr Gail Bradbrook, Farhana Yamin, Jem Bendell, Joanna Macy and Caroline Lucas MP. The book will also include words and illustrations by CILIP Kate Greenaway prize-winner Jackie Morris. Together they are an invitation to consider how this existential threat affects the way we live our lives and the action we take.

Grace Pengelly, Assistant Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins says, ‘These letters are in conversation, they talk to each other, plot rebellion and conspire about something called hope. They document the global, intergenerational conversation about the future of our earth that we are all a part of – between children and grandparents, politicians and activists, scientists and playwrights. Collectively, they dare us to imagine a new story, one that rethinks and re-imagines how we do everything.’

Anna Hope, Letters to the Earth team member and novelist says, ‘I can’t think of another volume that has such potential to move, challenge and console us in these times of crisis. The writing in Letters to the Earth - much of it from children - does not shy away from the terrifying scale of the threat we all face, and offers no easy answers, but there is wisdom in these words. These are dark times, but this collection is a small fierce light – that may just help us to find our way home.’ 

Jackie Morris says, ‘Letters to the Earth is a collection of heart-songs to our planet. Written at a time when we have a choice to face the knowledge that humanity have, by their actions, done incredible damage to the ecosystem, and at a time when we have a last chance to make a change. They are not a call to arms, but a call to link arms and work together, using all of our imagination to find ways to cure, to heal both ourselves and the earth.’

 

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About Letters to the Earth

We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun. On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change. It is time to act.

 

In February 2019 Letters to the Earth urged people to write a letter of response to this crisis. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea was open to interpretation: it could come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation was open to all - to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis.

On a day of joint action, Friday 12th April 2019, venues worldwide presented readings of the submitted letters. A selection of letters as well as a specially curated 20 minute performance text were made rights free and globally available for presentation during the International Extinction Rebellion and School Strike For Climate, from 15th – 28th April.

The campaign is on-going, with people all around the world still writing and presenting their letters. The public are invited to take them to their communities, homes, the streets, to those in positions of power. To speak them, hear them, share them and let their voices be heard.

For more information and resources: www.letterstotheearth.com.

The Letters to the Earth founding and co-curating team are novelist Anna Hope,  director Jo McIness and theatre-maker Kay Michael.

 

About Culture Declares Emergency

 

Culture Declares Emergency is a growing international community of individuals and organisations from the Arts and Culture sector concerned about the dire state of the planet. It launched in London on 3rd April 2019, and since its first Assembly at the Roundhouse on July 8th over 430 have now declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency with the commitment to act for environmental justice. This number continues to grow. Declarers include some of the UK's best known organisations including The Tate, Somerset House, The Royal Court Theatre, HOME Manchester, Julie’s Bicycle, Complicite and The Roundhouse, as well as artists Sir Anthony Gormley and Gavin Turk, director Katie Mitchell, actor Tamaryn Payne from Hollyoaks, and Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and Secret State.

 

Sign up and learn more on http://culturedeclares.org/

 

HARPERCOLLINS UK

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HARPERCOLLINS GLOBAL

HarperCollins UK is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries and was named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards 2018. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

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