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Letters to the Earth Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Written by Emma Thompson

Illustrated by Jackie Morris

Ecological and Environmental Interest - Non Fiction Featured Books for Young Adults

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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. 

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Letters to the Earth Writing to a Planet in Crisis Synopsis

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 a callout from Culture Declares 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 the way it faithfully sustains us.

But 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 and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

Letters to the Earth Writing to a Planet in Crisis Press Reviews

'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

'Makes sense of the climate crisis in a whole new way' Magid Magid

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ISBN: 9780008374471
Publication date: 18/02/2021
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008374471
Publication date: 18th February 2021
Author: Emma Thompson
Illustrator: Jackie Morris
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: YA readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental

About Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and actress and has starred in a range of films from Love Actually to Harry Potter, in which she plays the part of Sybill Trelawney. Emma Thompson won an Oscar in 1996 for the Best Adapted Screenplay for her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, a film in which she also played the Oscar-nominated lead role opposite Hugh Grant.Nanny McPhee: The Big Bang, published by Bloomsbury in March 2010, was Emma Thompson’s first novel for children. A wonderfully witty tale about the indomitable nanny of magical means which was also ...

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