Creation is the antidote to despair.
‘All power to this amazing project.’ Joanne Harris
‘We all need to read this book.’ Magid Magid
‘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.
About the author
In February 2019 four women came together and dreamt of an opportunity for people to express themselves in response to this crisis. What was born was Letters To The Earth, a campaign which invites people to write 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. The campaign is ongoing, with people all around the world still writing and presenting their Letters.The Letters To The Earth co-curating team are novelist Anna Hope, director Jo McIness and theatre-maker Kay Michael.
- ‘[Letters to the Earth] is an amazing project, and I support it wholeheartedly… By healing the Earth, we heal ourselves. By loving it, we love ourselves. And by telling its stories, we tell our own, and ensure that they will continue. All power to this amazing project.’ Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat
- ‘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
- ‘Letters to the Earth is a compelling ode to the elemental and fundamental aspects of our planet… a must-read for anyone who lives on earth.’ Bella Lack, Conservationist and Born Free Youth Ambassador
- ‘Occasionally I come across books that have the power to influence lives, and this I would count as one of them.’ Ben Eagle, Thinking Country
- ‘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