Letters to the Earth Event Details Announced

Published on Wed 3 Apr 2019

Letters to the Earth is a nationwide UK Arts Climate Protest – a response to the climate and ecological emergency backed by the Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe & National Theatre Wales.

The British public is invited to write letters that will be presented as part of a ‘day of joint action’ in arts venues and community spaces nationwide.

Supported by award-winning poet Kate Tempest, Bafta-winner Michaela Coel and playwright Simon Stephens organisers say;

“This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea is open to interpretation: it can come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation is open to all – to think beyond the human narrative and bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. This is an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.”

The Letters will also be made available rights free for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15 – 28 April 2019, coinciding with the global movements Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion, School Strike For Climate, and Earth Day.

Up to 1000 letters from 7 year olds to great grandparents have been received from across the world, from all walks of life. They constitute the largest creative response to the climate crisis the world has yet seen. Nearly 50 venues across the world, from Zambia to Canada, from Latvia to New Zealand, have signed up to host the letters on the day of joint action.

Our Letters to the Earth event will be at 5.30pm on Friday 12th April in the Samuel French bookshop at the Royal Court Theatre. The letters will be read by our Young Agitators. It will be free to attend and the event is unticketed.


For information on our Culture Declares Emergency event see here.

For information on #CultureDeclaresEmergency see here.