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Letters To The Earth

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This month, at the UN climate summit, decisions have been made that will determine the rest of our lives and the lives of generations to come. But how do we make sense of what is happening? What words describe this crisis? What words can help our children feel empowered to help shape the future they will inherit?

Since 2019, Letters to the Earth, an initiative created by Culture Declares Emergency, has inspired thousands, including children as young as 3 through to great-grandparents, scientists, politicians, teachers, nurses, writers and artists such as Yoko Ono, to put pen to paper and express their fears, visions and hopes for the future, in response to the climate and nature crisis. People worldwide have been sharing their messages via text, picture, song, drawing and video using the hashtag #LettersToTheEarth.

Now it is Bath’s turn. Local Arts company Kilter, in conjunction with Culture Declares Emergency, has been running workshops with children at Abbot Alphege Academy, Bathampton Primary School and St Andrews C of E Primary School to facilitate children imagining a better world in which they want to grow up in letters they have written to the earth. The results have been moving, hopeful and beautiful.

Olly Langdon, one of the Directors of Kilter, ran the workshops in all 3 schools: “I was completely overwhelmed by the clear-sighted vision of the children involved. The solutions to the crisis exist in abundance and the children are well versed in them but nowhere else do you see such enthusiasm and commitment to making the change and making the planet and everyone and everything on it happier and healthier long into the future.”

In celebration of the boundless imagination and hope children have, a selection of the letters will be showcased in the window of 21/22 Milsom Place, Milsom Street, in the bustling shopping quarter in the city centre. Please come and have a read as you do your Christmas shopping. A selection of the letters will also be read out in The Egg cafe at Theatre Royal Bath as audiences gather for the Christmas Shows, including Squirrel (performed and co-created by Kilter).

The letters will also be shared with MPs local to the schools, Wera Hobhouse and Jacob Rees Mogg.

Kilter’s Letters to the Earth are supported with funding from Bath & West Community Energy Grant.

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