London Climate Change Festival
How we started?
The London Climate Change Festival was due to take place from Monday 23rd March until Saturday 16th May 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, elements of the Festival were instead moved online.
Contributors from the arts, science and business all came together to talk, entertain and explore ways to live in better harmony with our planet. The Festival was designed to inform, inspire and offer both hope and guidance on how to live a plastic and carbon-free life.
This website was a place to learn and have fun while doing so and that’s exactly what we plan on continuing to do.
Where we’re going?
The Festival may be over but we’re only just beginning. We plan to continue our initial idea of combining the arts and science, we plan to create a collaborative… a collective… a movement!
For too long science has been poorly communicated, inaccessible and confusing to far too many people. With the help of artists, actors, singers, and everyone else in the creative industries we plan to turn this issue into an opportunity.
It’s a big goal and but we’re going to try. We must leave Planet Earth better than how we found it.
A Note from Janie Dee: Producer
When I asked Steven Levy if I could produce a Climate Change Festival around the Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and he said “yes” I don’t think either of us realised what that would entail, or how big it would become.
The team assembled were people I met, or were introduced to, after talking about the Festival. We have about 18 of us now and growing! Each person, like myself , has understood that we don’t have time to argue. Climate change is happening. It’s happening because of the way we humans live. We have to make individual changes and it helps to have friends who are focusing on it. But that doesn’t mean we have done all we need to do. Each team member has great talent and commitment and I would like to introduce each person here slowly but surely. They have each done so much and we are all working on our own time. In other words, genuinely for the cause. For the planet. This is a not-for-profit situation and we really would like to profit the planet first. I thought it was important to make this clear. Well, my niece, thought it was important.
The younger generation have made their feelings clear. Greta Thunberg is a necessary voice and she has been followed for a good reason. Nothing is more important than to look after each other and the planet. And it’s a complex situation because sometimes one cannot do both at the same time. Recently a friend’s nephew was diagnosed with blood cancer in Norway and the grandparents were called from England to help. They flew there to look after the young family and of course no one is going to say ‘don’t fly’ in that situation. So…
The festival is to explore, to discuss – with scientists and activists – to be inspired and cheered by performers and their vibrant performances. To meet people and act in even a small way to start. Building on it as one can bring more and more changes. We are lucky in London; where people are so brave and innovative. Many are coming to the Festival.
I look forward to meeting you and please bring your friends, even if they think this is not our problem. Come and see.
The London Climate Change Festival is a not-for-profit event run by volunteers. All proceeds made by the event will go to our partners; Greenpeace, City to Sea and Friends of the Earth.
The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) brings together a diverse community from academia, corporate, culture and hospitality. In recent years, we have worked with the business community to reinvigorate this extraordinary part of the capital, by collaborating with great immersive events and opportunities such as the London Climate Change Festival.