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, invited 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.
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.
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.
Letters To The Earth is a campaign within Culture Declares Emergency which officially launches on Wednesday 3rd Aprilwith a live procession starting at 9.30 GMT from Somerset House, London.
More information is available on the Letters to the Earth website.