Creation is the antidote to despair.
‘All power to this amazing project.’ Joanne Harris
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.
- ‘The personal, the poetic, the dramatic, the salvo, the call to action: it’s all here, in this timely anthology’. JINI REDDY The Ecologist
- ‘[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
- An extraordinary book. Reading it will remind you of our enduring connection to this planet we call home, and the urgency with which we need to respond to the climate crisis. The letters speak of how much we stand to lose if we fail to take action now. I encourage you to read them. STEPHEN DALDRY, Director of Billy Elliot
- ‘A beautiful book calling for us all to look after the place we call home … Read it, then buy it for everyone you know.’ RED MAGAZINE
- ‘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
- ‘An outpouring of grief, anger, hope, love and loss – a collection of letters penned by many thousands have been distilled into this powerful book. Names life Emma Thompson might act as a lure, but the true strength comes from the broad range of contributors. There are moments of real beauty in these pages.’ BBC Wildlife
- ‘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