The European Theatre Convention (ETC) is closing its laptops and picking up the placards today to join the worldwide strike for the climate.
ETC will join the climate strike in Berlin, the location of its head office at the Deutsches Theater, alongside an estimated 20,000 people – including young environmental campaigners Greta Thunberg and Luisa Neubauer.
1,400 such rallies are expected around the world ahead of the Cop26 climate summit, which many see as the last opportunity to limit temperature rises and collectively avoid climate ‘catastrophe’.
The climate strike is an important commitment for ETC. It follows a pledge by all 46 ETC member theatres to go ‘climate neutral’ and create a “more green, sustainable, conscious, mindful and just future” by 2030.
More detail to follow soon… including images of the ETC placard with the slogans: ‘Our Planet is Our Only Stage’ and ‘European Theatres Go Climate Neutral!’
Bonus: Do you remember the Our Experiments article ETC published with Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, about their radical attempt to make an international theatre project with zero carbon emissions – alongside director Katie Mitchell and choreographer Jérôme Bel? The first chapter of the ‘Sustainable Theatre’ project will be performed from 25th to 3rd October. You can see information here and watch a behind the scenes interview with Katie Mitchell about the process here.