What is 1.5 Degrees Live!?
1.5 Degrees Live! will be a 5 day (50-60 hour) reading of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees by a diverse range of more than one hundred performers, writers, members of the public, politicians and activists, aiming to raise up the key messages and to generate more attention, conversation and action on the most important issue of our time.
We are Patrick Dunne and Katie Smith. We are two ordinary people motivated by our deep concern about the collapse of ecosystems, of spiralling emissions and rising temperatures. We have seen study after study, news item after news item, disaster after disaster describe an ecological disaster, not predict one. We are worried about resource wars, droughts, mass starvation and the collapse of global breadbasket regions. We are worried about the future, not in 20 or 30 years but in 10 years, or 5. We are terrified about what sort of life our nieces and nephews will have. What horrors of war and deprivation and loss will they and all children on this planet suffer when they should be enjoying their childhood?
In 2018 the IPCC released their most recent report on Climate Change. Katie and I , both charity workers in our 30's, realised that this report was both incredibly important to the future but was also easily lost amid the noise of the rest of the news we are beset with every day.
We said to each other 'We have to do something.' So over the next few months we found a venue and have begun to invite a range of speakers, readers and volunteers to help us to read this report in full in the Fringe. We have no experience of putting on Fringe events or organising events of this scale and scope. But we believe in this project and believe that perhaps we can keep this issue in the conversation, perhaps we can share something of the report's warnings and of it's opportunities. Perhaps we will be able to say to ourselves and to our families in the future 'We tried to do something.'
When and where?
From 12th to 16th August, this Edinburgh Festival Fringe show will bring to life this message of urgency and hope to highlight the need for unprecedented action on a global scale. We are proud to be part of Greenside Venue’s 2019 programme and will be based in Infirmary Street (Fringe Venue 236), a central location for this event.
How will it work?
Audience members will be invited to attend for an hour slot in which multiple readers will introduce and read a section of the report. Relevant images will be shown during the talk to add to the scientific content. Key findings from the report will be made accessible to reinforce the planet wide crisis we are now experiencing. We will bring together a space for people to learn, to share and to take action in relation to the findings of this report.
Why the Fringe?
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival and brings millions of potential audience members, as well as potential readers to the city. This period of increased media attention on the arts will be perfect to drive attention and conversation towards the climate crisis.
1.5 Degrees Live! Project aims
To raise awareness of the impact global warming is already having on communities
To inspire action, community and change one audience member at a time
To offer all the materials for recreating the show for free to anyone wanting to replicate it.
To increase the number of voices calling for fair and just political environmental action.
Why do we need your support?
The money that we raise towards this project will cover our venue costs. The show itself will be available to the public by donation or a small charge of £5 in advance as we want to make this event and this report accessible to as many people as possible. We are not pricing the event to make profit but to make the event accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Moneys raised outside of ticket sales will support us, our volunteers, insurance and materials in creating 1.5 Degrees Live!
Any money raised that exceeds our costs will be donated to charities supporting people who are experiencing the impacts of climate change in the U.K and internationally.
We are just normal people who believe that we have to keep this report, it's warnings and it's solutions, at the heart of the conversation. So that is what we are going to do.
‘Unsurprisingly, the climate crisis figures strongly in the programme, with 1.5 Degrees Live! taking inspiration from the public readings of the Chilcot Report on the Iraq war to read the IPCC report over 50 hour-long slots.’