Letters to the Earth
Emma Thompson, Jackie Morris
Mr B's review
In February, an open call went out for letters to a planet in crisis. Over 1000 came in and were read out in April at events across the UK. This is a gorgeous, light-in-the-dark sample of these – addressed to children (born and unborn), grandparents, non-human species and the earth itself. I can’t imagine a more truthful way to gift beauty this year. All royalties from the book will also go to creative campaigning for environmental justice.
Creation is the antidote to despair.
‘All power to this amazing project.’ Joanne Harris
‘[A] wonderful little book’ Jerome Flynn
‘A must read for anyone who lives on earth.’ Bella Lack
How can we begin to talk about what is happening to the world? We are facing a global emergency. Temperatures are rising. Mass species extinction has begun. The time for denial is over. It is time to act.
Letters to the Earth is the beginning of a new story. It is an invitation to act and an opportunity to extend the invitation.
These letters are the result of a callout from Culture Declares Emergency to the public to write a response to climate and ecological emergency. They are letters from all of us: parents and children; politicians and poets; actors and activists; songwriters and scientists. They are letters of Love, Loss Hope and Action to a planet in crisis.
Includes contributions from activist Yoko Ono, poet Kate Tempest, actor Mark Rylance, author Laline Paull, illustrator of The Lost Words Jackie Morris, novelist Anna Hope, environmental writer Jay Griffiths and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.
‘You need to read this book. It speaks truth to power and helps us make sense of this crisis in a whole new way.’ Magid Magid, Green Party MEP and environmental activist
‘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
‘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.’
Anna Hope, climate activist and author of Expectation
‘We must make public space to amplify this emergency, and use our skills, visions and stories to help imagine an alternative future.’
Lucy Davies, Executive Producer at The Royal Court Theatre
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