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1.5 Degrees Live! Christchurch

26/01/2020 at 11:00 am - 01/02/2020 at 7:00 pm

1.5 Degrees Live! is a free public week-long mass reading of the most important report on climate change ever released (the IPCC 1.5 Degrees report of 2018). It will be read by over 120 people from all walks of life – performers, politicians, musicians, scientists, activists, journalists, comedians, farmers, sportspeople – who will attract listeners and mainstream the science through their own networks.

Timed to coincide with the 2020 Buskers Festival it will capitalise on the festival’s foot traffic and engaged public. The reading will take place on a high profile spot in the central city, using an open-sided container in the forecourt outside the Christchurch Art Gallery, from 11am-7pm for seven consecutive days.

Free Public Event, Open To All
26 Jan – 1 Feb 2020, 11am-7pm each day
The forecourt outside the Christchurch Art Gallery

A 1.5 Degrees Live! reading was first held in August 2019 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and it has since been read at the Scottish Parliament in Hollyrood, and at Westminster Abbey. It is currently programmed as part of the Adelaide Fringe and it is hoped it will be performed in Venice in 2020. 1.5 Degrees Live! is an attempt to generate engagement and discussion around perhaps the most important document that you’ve never read.

Our Key Objectives for 1.5 Degrees Live! Christchurch

To bear witness. This could be the most important document ever produced.

To move beyond click-bait headlines. This action will generate a sense of public ownership over a document that allows us to understand how we are changing our world.

To learn. The collective reading means we’re learning together. This is key as we’re going to need to work together to fix this.

To stand up. This is a powerful demonstration of the breadth and depth of concern felt by citizens from across our society. We need to make it clear that this is not a fringe viewpoint – this is a mainstream understanding of facts.

To open up. By democratising the science, we hope to open the way to a democratised response. This is a way to encourage and normalise discussions around the need for social transformation – if we’re going to have to redesign our society, who do we want those decisions to be made by?

To speak truth to power. This allows us to say to decision takers and policy makers ‘we’ve read the science – have you?’

To hope. The report is not all doom and gloom – there are solutions to all the problems we face, if we can learn to shape our society around them.

Certified Carbon Zero
This will be a Zero Carbon Event, certified by Ekos. Part of the funds raised will help reduce the carbon impact of our event’s supply chain by measuring and offsetting the emissions caused by presenter travel, vehicle use, electricity and waste. (This footprint excludes the travel of any audience members.) The certified carbon credits we are purchasing will be sourced from the South Island ‘Rarakau’ project. These offsets protect this indigenous forest from being logged and help to deliver climate resilience, waterway protection, erosion control, biodiversity conservation and community economic development.

Who’s Organising This?
It’s just a couple of concerned humans, Ryan and Davy, and anyone else we can rope into helping out. It’s important to us that this event is inclusive and independent; this event is not affiliated with any organisation, activist group, political party or company.

How Can I Get Involved?
Drop us a line, & let us know what you have in mind. We’ll need all sorts of help just organising and running the event – and are open to all sorts of ‘extras’. 🙂


26/01/2020 at 11:00 am
01/02/2020 at 7:00 pm
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Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
310 Montreal St
Christchurch, New Zealand
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