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Letters to the Earth

Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Letters to the Earth

Writing to a Planet in Crisis

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008374440
Number of Pages: 272
Published: 14/11/2019
Width: 14.1 cm
Height: 20.9 cm

A profound, powerful and moving collection of 100 letters from around the world responding to the climate crisis, introduced by Emma Thompson and lovingly illustrated by CILIP award winner Jackie Morris.

How can we begin to talk about what is happening to the world? How can we explain to our children, and to ourselves, what the future of our planet might look and feel like?

Letters to the Earth is the beginning of a new conversation. One that attempts to answer some of these questions by listening to the voices of parents and children; politicians and poets; songwriters and scientists. Gathering together over 100 letters written in response to the climate emergency, each entry begins to give language to the unspeakable, and shows how our collective power is present when we are ready to slow down and listen to each other.

It’s natural to feel worried or concerned about what the future of the earth holds. These letters are an opportunity to reflect on our connection to the planet and each other in times of crisis. They are also an opportunity to act and respond to this crisis. To put pen to paper and make your voice heard.

Includes contributions from activist Yoko Ono, actor Mark Rylance, poet Kate Tempest, author Laline Paull, illustrator of The Lost Words Jackie Morris, novelist Anna Hope, environmental writer Jay Griffiths Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. Booker prize Winning author Ben Okri and actor Freya Mavor.

Emma Thompson, Jackie Morris

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

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