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Hello and welcome to 1.5 Degrees Live! We are excited to share our resources and experience with you so that you can share this event in your community. If you have any questions please get in touch!

What is the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. In October 2018, they rocked the world with their Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC. Global headlines declared that we have 12 years left to save the world.

Why is it important and why should we read it?

The report says a lot. A lot. It details the science and the likelihood of the impact of 1.5 degrees of warming as compared to 2 degrees warming on both nature and humans. It tells us we need to get our act together and transform our societies starting right now. The report is written by a huge number of scientists, references thousands of studies, and is produced by an extremely well respected international body. It is quite difficult, at times, to read aloud, and may prove challenging to listen to and comprehend. Do not despair! By bearing witness to this report we, collectively, bring awareness to the warnings and the opportunities for change. 

We want everyone to be able to play their part in the conversation about how we get out of this mess. This is too important to leave to politicians and corporations alone. We deserve this truth. We demand it.

“All pathways begin now and involve rapid and unprecedented societal transformation.”

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees: Section 1.7

The report calls on us to transform the way we live, especially those countries that are most responsible for the current crisis. We face the biggest creative project of all time. We know our future will require creative solutions and minds of great imagination and compassion.

Who we are

We are a small group of ordinary people who are worried about the climate and ecological crisis. So we decided to read the whole IPCC report out as a show in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We asked more than 100 performers, activists, politicians, scientists, artists and members of the public to join us for a 50 hour endurance test in which we made the IPCC Report on Global Warming a presence in the Edinburgh Festival in 2019. 

Since then we have supported communities and groups to stage reading events in London, Perth (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand) and in 2020 we have readings in Canada, USA, UK as well as the Adelaide Fringe and we are planning more.

The report tells us that we will all need to play our part in making a fairer, more beautiful and biodiverse world. We want as many groups to share this event as possible. 

‘Embedded in the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C is the opportunity for intentional societal transformation.’

 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Chapter 1.4.3

How does it work?

This is up to you. Basically it’s about getting a space, arranging for people to come and be part of the public reading and facilitating discussions around the issues raised in the report.

So far we have had 3 main ‘styles’ of event.

Theatre Show– We sold tickets and asked people to stay for 1 hour to hear 2 readers introduce themselves and read from the report. We staged it in a shipping container with space for 10 audience members but you could use any small space. The seating encouraged people to listen and engage as if we were a performance or theatre piece and because we staged it in a festival we were able to ask lots of performers, actors as well as activists and politicians. This small, intimate space led to an interesting and effective learning and sharing space.IMG_5927

Protest– We used this style of event at the Scottish Parliament as well as in Western Australia. Here the report was read as a  protest. It was read outside the Scottish Parliament to protest the recent Climate Bill, and at the gates to an art festival sponsored by a fossil fuel company in Western Australia. We did not really establish an audience but many more people were able to witness the event for a short period of time as they passed by. In Scottish Parliament we read for 5 hours each day for two days, in Australia the team read for 1 hour a day for 10 days.IMG-20190924-WA0000

Open Seating– Used in London and Christchurch, although the Christchurch event was the full 5 day reading and London was 10 hours. These events were open to the public to walk past and join us but we set up seating for audience members to be able to engage with the reading. Both events used microphones to make the readings more accessible and utilised interviews and chat between the audience and readers and ‘host’.


We invited a variety of people to read (members of the public, politicians, community leaders, teachers, activists as well as artists, authors and performers). You can choose who you think might be interested to read, and who you think will be of interest to your audience or activists. 

Other ways to use the materials

As well as a 10 and 50 hour version of the report, we have gathered shorter sections (a few minutes) and key quotes (single sentences) which you might like to use. Quotes could be put on banners, social media, to back up a media story, or used as talking points. Short sections could be used to build people’s knowledge on a particular subject, as a short reading at a performance event, or to prompt a discussion about a topic. You are welcome to use them in the way that seems most useful to you.

The language of the report can sometimes be challenging and inaccessible so we suggest you consider this in your plans. In some sessions we’ve had readers able to explain the content, in others, we’ve cut out the more technical sections, sometimes we’ve just read it all. Different approaches will suit different groups.

These are just examples of ways we have used the report in our communities and we want each group to add to our ideas, our experience and our story.


Videos of the events can be found here-

Our website is here

Our main twitter is @1point5degrees1

1.5 Degrees Live! Western Australia

We have been so proud to be a part of the actions in Perth this past couple of weeks.

See news from Perth on the link below.

Protesters rock Fringe








Degrees Live! Christchurch

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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.


XR Western Australia Reading

We stand in solidarity and stunned horror at the images and stories coming to us from Australia. Communities have been obliterated, hundreds of millions of animals are dead, first nation lands and sites have been razed, dozens people have died and many are missing, homeless and traumatised by the enormous wildfires. The political leadership seems to be silent at best, grossly negligent and deliberately deceptive about the links between the fires, climate change and government policy at worst.

There are individuals and groups who are much better placed then us to comment on the communities, politics, ecosystems and impacts of the current crisis facing Australia and we will seek to listen to them.

As part of that we are proud to be supporting Extinction Rebellion Western Australia ( who are staging a 10 hour reading of 1.5 Degrees Live! in protest of the fossil fuel links between Woodside Energy ( and the Fringe World Festival. (

We will be encouraging artists and activists, as well as members of the public to join with XRWA during this event.

Extinction Rebellion Western Australia will host an engaging series of performances this Fringe Festival, taking on a mass reading titled 1.5 Degrees Live! of the 2018 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report. These series of performances take place during Perth’s Fringe World Festival outside the Woodside Pleasure Gardens (located in Perth city’s cultural precinct) from the 18th January to the 9th February. International and local Fringe artists and performers (including the likes of UK’s Kate Smurthwaite, Michelle Aitken, Selfless Orchestra, Felicity Groom & more) plus local activists, scientists, students and people are encouraged to take part in a 10-hour (over 10 evenings) reading. We aim to carry the 1.5 Degree Live! themes of creating space for viewers and participants to understand and democratise the science, create emotional connections to the readings and spread the reach of climate action in our state of Western Australia. We aim to take up space outside the gardens to challenge the social license of one of Australia’s biggest polluters – Woodside, a partner of the Fringe Festival.


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