Letters To The Earth
Letters to the Earth is a global participatory campaign.
It began in February 2019 in collaboration with Culture Declares Emergency, when the British public was invited to put pen to paper and write a creative response to the climate and ecological emergency. The invitation was open to interpretation and open to all. Within a month, over 1000 letters poured in from all over the world – from 4-year-olds to great grandparents, artists, scientists, nurses.
A new story began to emerge.
We sent batches of letters to over 50 venues and community spaces worldwide for them to organise their own readings on a day of joint action, Friday 12th April, a day of Global Youth Strike.
Some venues opened their doors free of charge to the public, others live-streamed and others took to the streets to read the letters aloud. High profile readers alongside young people and local communities were involved in the presentation of these letters.
Some venues held open conversation as part of the day’s activity to bring people together in the face of this crisis; some wrote their own letters together.
Since then a book has been published, and letters have continued to be written and presented – by individuals and in communities all over the world. Declarers and local hubs are invited to use Letters to the Earth campaign activities and to read letters from the book in their events.