Letters To The Earth: Summer News and Reviews
Read below for information on the Letters to the Earth community engagement activity so far this year and learn how you can become involved.
CDE East of England Launch, Norwich Arts Centre (credit Rachel Wright)
Between February – June 2022 Letters to the Earth ran workshops across seven communities in the UK thanks to the Gulbenkian Foundation and The Climate Coalition and created exhibitions of people’s Letters at festivals and events. Up to 200 people have taken part – including business leaders, local politicians, school children, cultural organisations and young artists. The full report can be read here.
‘A wonderful inspirational event that has left me inspired to do more’ – Sarah Faulkner, Dolphin Women’s Centre Birmingham
The programme ended at the Roundhouse, London. A group of ten young spoken word artists and performers went through a process to write and share their concerns for the future, their visions of change and their Letters to the Earth as a staged performance to a small audience.
‘The whole of the performance was breathtaking. The way each of the artists collaborated as one. That’s what the world should be about.’how you can book them for your groups
Letters to the Earth is excited to develop this as a production that can also be made by any community around the world to reflect your voice and place. More to come on this soon!
Read more on workshops and how to book them here
One year on Letters To The Earth Partnership with Vivobarefoot
June marks the one-year anniversary of Letters to the Earth’s partnership with Vivobarefoot. Ahead of COP26 CEO Galahad Clark’s very personal Letter to the Earth led to other CEOs and cultural leaders penning and publishing their own Letters too.
Perhaps most movingly of all, remote and previously uncontacted indigenous communities shared their pleas for help, with stories of illegal logging, polluted rivers, murdered activists, and their call for a united world – united by our common future.
‘We are not the peak of creation, we are just another species,” said Mindahi Bastida of the Otomi-Toltec Nation of Mexico during a letter-writing workshop we held at COP26 in Glasgow. ‘We need to learn again from Mother Earth and nature… Everyone has to learn how to live in peace and harmony.’
Letters to the Earth looks forward to continuing to share their Letters and messages; to amplify the wisdom and inspiration from indigenous and global south communities that can help all of us through the challenging passage that lies ahead with continued climate change.
Read Letters To The Earth Guest Blog with Vivobarefoot
You can take part in Letters to the Earth wherever you are by using the community tool kits below: