‘Letters of Love in a time of Crisis’

Ahead of Earth Day on 22 April, the public is invited to pen a Letter to the Earth

In February 2019 Culture Declares Emergency invited the British public to put pen to paper and write a Letter to the Earth in response to the climate and ecological emergency. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, or other species.

Letters of love, loss, hope and action were written by over 1,000 people worldwide – from 4-year-olds to great grandparents, artists, scientists, nurses – putting the planetary crisis front and centre.

A year later and humanity finds itself in strange and uncertain times.

Whilst in the midst of change brought by Covid-19, Letters to the Earth invites people from across the world to give voice to their fears, hopes and visions for the future, and to write to each other in this time of separation and the unknown. 

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) is supporting Culture Declares Emergency to spearhead a wider definition of the civic role through our Civic Role of Arts Organisations work.


Letters to the Earth: Letters of Love in a time of Crisis

In these moments of separation, stillness and unknown, Letters to the Earth is an opportunity to reconnect and for a new story to emerge. 

What do you want to say? What needs to be heard?

For our key workers, neighbours, faraway friends and family. For yourself, for others and for the Earth: Letters of love, support and hope are needed.

Take a moment, from wherever you are. And write your Letter to the Earth.

These letters are for you to keep, to give (safely) to those you can, to put up in your window for others to read and to share on social media via #LetterstotheEarth @CultureDeclares.

You can email your letter to [email protected] by midnight Sunday 12 April and tune in on Earth Day 22 April via www.letterstotheearth.com to hear some of the many letters read.

Letters in languages other than English will be accepted.

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Please share this callout widely – with your local and international networks, writers and communities.

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Details of the event on 22 April will be announced soon.

Updated on 04 january 2022