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24 January 2020

Major Climate Change Event in Christchurch’s City Centre

More than 110 people from all walks of life – musicians, scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, comedians, farmers and more – are getting together in Christchurch for the New Zealand premier of a free, public performance of the most important document on climate change ever released!

1.5 Degrees Live! is an attempt to generate engagement and discussion around perhaps the most important document that you’ve never read. In a powerful demonstration of the breadth and depth of concern felt across the country, 116 individuals are working together to stage a mass reading of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Climate Change.

Readers include politicians Chlöe Swarbrick and Megan Woods, Christchurch’s mayor Lianne Dalziel and ECAN chair Jenny Hughey, NZ-music legends Delaney Davidson and Roy Montgomery, school strikers Lucy Gray and Mia Sutherland, Christchurch developer Mike Percasky and ChristchurchNZ CEO Joanna Norris, and more than a hundred more.

Event co-organiser Ryan Reynolds says “We’re particularly pleased to welcome contributions from Canterbury University’s Bronwyn Hayward, one of the report’s lead authors, and other scientists and academics including VUW’s James Renwick, one of the best communicators around when it comes to clear and rational discussion of climate change. The event is a great chance for visitors to sit down and talk with influential and interesting individuals for a discussion on our global future.”

From 11am to 7pm, Sunday 26 January until Saturday 1 February, readers will take turns to read the report from an open sided shipping container on the Christchurch Art Gallery forecourt. The full report is expected to take 50 hours, and readers will be announced on each of the seven days of the event.

Event co-organiser Davy Simpson says “The IPCC report makes it clear that there are solutions to many of the problems we face, if we can learn to shape our society around them. These are important conversations and we believe we should have them face to face rather than shouting across our social media. We are here to make it clear that caring for our planet and the desire for a healthy future is something we all have in common.”
For further information please contact:
Event Organisers
Ryan Reynolds
Davy Simpson

Selected reader images can be found here.


About 1.5 Degrees Live!
1.5 Degrees Live! was first performed in August 2019 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and it has since been read at the Scottish Parliament in Hollyrood, at Westminster Abbey and in Perth, WA. It is currently programmed as part of the Adelaide Fringe and it will be performed in cities around the world including Venice, Melbourne and Perth in 2020.

1.5 Degrees Live! Christchurch is not affiliated with any organisation, activist group, political party or company. 1.5 Degrees Live! Christchurch is just a handful of concerned humans.

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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.