“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

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Vivienne Westwood and Laura Whitmore release their ‘Letters to the Earth’ alongside children and business leaders as COP26 begins


  • On Monday 25th October, Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore leads a release of dozens of new videos and ‘Letters to the Earth’ in the final countdown to COP, in which she expresses her commitment to ‘help [Earth] thrive’

  • Whitmore filmed her Letter at Shakespeare’s Globe alongside fashion designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood, Skins star Freya Mavor, Booker Prize-Winning author Ben Okri, Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Aviva Investors Steve Waygood, Founder of Riverford Guy Singh-Watson, climate justice activist Daze Aghaji, and Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists SOS From the Kids.

  • 30 notable business and philanthropic figures including Bevis Watts CEO, Triodos UK and Nigel Pocklington CEO, Good Energy also add their Letters and messages to the campaign

  • Videos and Letters are being released each day before the UN Climate Conference COP26 to inspire people everywhere to add their voice in a global call for ambitious climate action from world leaders
  • The 2-year Letters to the Earth campaign has so far received thousands of letters from notables such as Yoko Ono, poet Kae Tempest, actor Mark Rylance, writer Rob Cowen, Potsdam Institute Head of Earth Systems Analysis Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, policy expert Farhana Yamin, indigenous activists in the Amazon and Philippines, as well as children, teachers, nurses and journalists

Shakespeare’s Globe has played host to a day of filmed performances and readings of ‘Letters to the Earth’, featuring the young and the old, faces from TV and world-respected activists alongside business leaders and investors.

The release of videos from 25th October on the Letters to the Earth social media platforms and select media outlets will provide a countdown in the final week before the opening day of COP26, the UN Climate Conference:

  • Monday 25th October, 9am:         Laura Whitmore

  • Tuesday 26th October, 9am:        Steve Waygood

  • Wednesday 27th October, 9am:   Ben Okri, Charlotte Jarvis, Mirabella Okri

  • Thursday 28th October, 9am:       Guy Singh-Watson

  • Friday 29th October, 9am:             Vivienne Westwood

  • Saturday 30th October, 9am:       Freya Mavor

  • Sunday 31st October, 9am:            SOS From the Kids Choir

  • Monday 1st November, 9am:          Daze Aghaji

The recent business focus of the campaign, to invite CEOs and business leaders to write their own Letters to the Earth, has been made possible through a joint initiative with Business Declares and Vivobarefoot, whose CEO (Chief Ecosystems Officer) Galahad Clark was the first to call on other CEOs to take part. Other CEOs who have since joined include Martin Bunch (Bates Wells), Steve Macklin (PlanetMark) and Hugo Tagholm (Surfers Against Sewage).

Since 2019, Letters to the Earth has inspired thousands, including children as young as 3 through to great-grandparents, scientists, politicians, teachers, nurses, writers and artists such as Yoko Ono, to put pen to paper and express their fears, visions and hopes for the future, in response to the climate and nature crisis. People worldwide have been sharing their messages via text, picture, song, drawing and video using the hashtag #LettersToTheEarth.

The campaign’s release of Letters from 25th October, one week before COP26, aims to amplify calls to action worldwide for people everywhere to speak up for ambitious action on climate change. People are invited to write and share their own Letters and messages by video, on social media and by post until 12th November so as to be heard during this historic political moment.

All Letters received will be distributed en masse and performed and read at events during the Conference. Delegates, business leaders, indigenous leaders, youth activists and Glaswegian locals are all invited to take part, with many more Letters being read to camera for release during the conference.



  • On 5th November, 3 - 4.30pm, at The Brigaitt in Glasgow, Letters to the Earth will host a public performance reading of a curated text of Letters with special guests to be announced, followed by the opportunity for the audience to write their own Letter and an open mic. Bookings here.

  • ​​On 7th November, in collaboration with campaign partners Grounded and Vivobarefoot, Letters to the Earth will host a workshop for leaders across sectors, including a group of indigenous leaders from delegations including The Mother Earth and Minga Indigina. The event will take place at the former Bank of Scotland building, which is taken over by Hub Culture & Bill McDonough as a ‘hub for innovators to heal the climate while designing for sustainability.’

  • More activities to be announced in the coming days

COP26 represents a decisive moment for the global community. The current commitments of every nation participating in COP26 are significantly inadequate to stabilise the temperature increase between 1.5C and 2C, with unconditional pledges and targets that would result in warming of between  2.7-3.1°C above pre-industrial levels. Countries are under intense pressure to show courageous leadership and dramatically step up their pledges in order to stick to the Paris Agreement boundaries.

Letters can be sent to the campaign for COP26 via the website or by post to:
Letters to the Earth
Kelburn, County Centre
Fairlie, Largs
KA29 0BE

“Together we are building a new story. One where everyone everywhere is inspired to dream big and take courageous action to make the world greener, fairer and more resilient. As the UK takes up its presidential role on the global stage at COP26, we’re excited to bring together a diverse cast of change-makers on Shakespeare’s Globe stage. From within this national and historic institution we aim to raise our national ambition on climate change. The future needs us all.”
Kay Michael, Co-Founding Director Letters to the Earth

“The word economy means 'household management'. Earth is our home, so on a global scale economy means sustainability. We don't have that. We have no future. We have a financial system based on perpetual Trade War & Competition… True economy is based on the value of land. "Land belongs to NO ONE””
Vivienne Westwood

“The time for doubt has passed. The time for disbelief has passed. The time for action is now and we must all take it if we are to change the future for the better. But still so many of us don’t know what to do. We need people to help us, guide us and give us hope. Letters to the Earth is an act of collaboration, guidance and hope. We’re so proud and grateful to be a part of it.”
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director Shakespeare’s Globe

“Letters to the Earth shows that while the climate and nature crisis can be overwhelming, there is power in writing and in working together to make our hopes real. We are in this together and each of us have a responsibility for the generations to come.”
Laura Whitmore

If you're inspired to write and share your own Letter to the Earth, head on over to our Letters page today, and invite friends, family and your community to take part.




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26th Jan 2021: 


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Coming 18 February: Letters to the Earth paperback takes on pandemic and climate in critical year 


On 18th February, HarperCollins will publish the Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis paperback bringing together over 100 letters - from children, parents, scientists, nurses, artists and politicians worldwide - in response to the combined crises of the climate and ecological emergency, and the coronavirus pandemic. 


With an introduction by Emma Thompson, there are letters responding to Covid-19 from Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri and Skin’s star Freya Mavor, plus contributions from Yoko Ono, actor Mark Rylance, poet Kae Tempest, author Laline Paull, illustrator of The Lost Words Jackie Morris and environmental writer Jay Griffiths.  

The letters are gathered into key themes: Love, Loss, Emergence, Hope and Action. Reflecting on the last year, Ben Okri writes that we are at the ‘beginning of an age of catastrophes’, and that we must listen to the earth’s ‘silent wisdom’ in order to live again. While Freya Mavor in her letter invites us to ‘Be brave. Be still. Be kind.’


“This book takes on the conversation we need to have in 2021,” said Kay Michael, co-editor of the book. “From a callout that resulted in over a 1000 letters flooding our inbox, it asks: How do we find the words to process what’s happening to the planet? 


“From the letters we’ve seen it's clear that people care and are ready to act. The response to the pandemic shows us that change is possible.”


Emma Thompson, writing in the forward for the Letters to the Earth anthology, commented: “The generation below mine is different. I feel it and I read it in these letters. Read this book and pass it on. Plugging in that energy will recharge even the most tired of batteries. Hand on your passion for the planet to the next person and never, ever give in.” 

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2nd Sept 2020: 

Young People Call on MPs to Back the CEE Bill: 

“We are waiting for change before it’s too late”

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20th April 2020:

Letters to the Earth invites the world to share their

‘Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis’ this Earth Day

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1st April 2020:

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

in response to COVID-19

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14th August 2019:
HarperCollins to publish Letters to the Earth
as campaign goes international
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19th April 2019:

‘Day of Love’ at Oxford Circus with special performances

from Emma Thompson, Lee Ross and Paapa Essiedu

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12th April 2019:

Letters to the Earth teams up with

Youth Strike 4 Climate at Oxford Circus

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5th April 2019:
‘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
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20th March 2019:
Letters To The Earth - a nationwide response to the climate emergency
backed by Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe & National Theatre Wales

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