TAMARA von WERTHERN – “From how we work to the stories we tell, theatre can be part of the fight against the climate emergency.”
“We – artists, thinkers, creators – have a responsibility to communicate the truth of the climate emergency. The world is shape-shifting and our culture must too.”These words, written by theatre-makers Elizabeth Freestone and Jeanie O’Hare in the introduction to their new book, 100 Plays to Save the World, speak to something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. November saw leaders and negotiators from around the world gather in Glasgow for climate conference COP26, to try to plot a path to keeping global warming to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels. After some tense deliberations, a pact was reached and new commitments were made, but only time will tell if these political decisions will allow humankind to exist on this planet for longer than is predicted at the current rise of emissions. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I find it incredibly scary that we’ve let this situation get to this point – and that can be dangerous in itself, as fear can paralyse us when now actually is when we need to be acting most!
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