1.5 Degrees Live!, the cover to cover reading of the IPCC Report at the Edinburgh Fringe, has announced its first batch of readers and are calling for more people to get involved!

Over one hundred performers, scientists, activists and politicians are needed to read the 2018 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees, cover to cover, over a period of at least five days.

The Civil Disobedience team is proud to be supporting this important event and we’d love for any of our friends and colleagues who are passionate about our planet and fighting for its survival to get in touch with the organisers in order to get involved in the reading, support the event by buying a ticket, or help spread the word online (you’ll find social media details listed below).

Confirmed readers include: comedian Jay Lafferty; crime writer Val McDermid; iconic feminist author Naomi Wolf; Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie; Edinburgh University Climate scientist Dave Reay; Canadian climate science expert and performer Alanna Mitchell; and Extinction Rebellion activist Sam Knights. Other readers include performer Harry Clayton-Wright, comedians Alice Fraser, Liam Withnail and Juliette Burton, as well as performer Nathaniel Hall.

The reading will take place in a shipping container outside the Greenside @ Infirmary St venue, which will be covered with a banner (20ft x 8ft) containing every single reference in the report at 8pt print.

More readers are needed to tell this important truth at the heart of the fringe, to get involved please contact:


Katie Smith, one of the organisers of this event who’s read the IPCC Report cover to cover with a fine tooth comb, says:

“We want to have a huge, public conversation about the future we want to live in. We are bringing the IPCC report to the Fringe because it challenges us to take on “rapid and unprecedented societal transformation” by 2030 in the face of “an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet”. This is too big to leave to governments and corporations. This is something for every single one of us to have our say in.”

Organiser Patrick Dunne says:

“The IPCC report talks about “global transformation”, “rapid and unprecedented” social change and creating “an ecologically safe and socially just space for humanity”. Ahead of us we have the biggest creative project of all time. Many of us are waiting for a technological breakthrough to save us; a scientific whizz kid with all the answers to keep us going in the same polluting and unjust system we already have. We bring this report to the Edinburgh Festivals to challenge the creative, disruptive and innovative people of the world to help us break free from business as usual and reimagine our future for the better.”

Listings / social media info:

1.5 Degrees Live!
Venue: Greenside @ Infirmary Street
Dates: 12-16 August 2019
Time: 11:00-21:00
Tickets: £5 in advance or by donation

Social media
Twitter: @1point5degrees1
Facebook: @1point5degreeslive
Website: 1point5degreeslive.org
Vimeo: 1.5 Degrees Live! on Vimeo

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