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Three To See 2019: Climate Change Stuff

By | Published on Saturday 3 August 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three shows about climate change stuff.

Sea Sick | CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall | 31 Jul-25 Aug
“The ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off”. Climate change is – deservedly and obviously – an important issue at the moment, with concern over global warming clearly growing apace amid fears that time is running out to address the issues. In this critically acclaimed show, Canadian journalist, playwright and author Alanna Mitchell addresses that topic, and in particular the state of the oceans, telling a tale of “her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there, and her hope for the future”. Listing here.

From Carbon’s Casualties To Climate Solutions | Charlotte Square Gardens | 11 Aug (pictured)
It would be easy to panic, of course, about climate change, and I think we’re probably all doing it from time to time. But in the interests of trying to stay calm, I thought that next we could perhaps head over to the lovely and somewhat peaceful Charlotte Square Gardens to witness a discussion that will look at a possible way forward. Taking part are ‘headliner’ Josh Haner, the New York Times photographer who has been visually documenting the consequences of global warming, Australian novelist and campaigner Tim Winton, and Laura Watts, author of ‘Energy At The End Of The World’ also appear. Listing here.

When The Birds Come | Underbelly Cowgate | 1-25 Aug
Not sure this show is exactly about climate change, but the issue of global warming is certainly integral to the play’s narrative. And of course I didn’t just stick it in this section because of the environmental connection, I stuck it in because it sounds really good, and it’s the work of the very clever Tallulah Brown. “Margaret has always told her little brother Stanley it’s his fault the ice is melting. She doesn’t want to live in the Alaskan tundra. She wants to run away and be a normal teenager in Anchorage. Years later, the rift between the siblings has seismically grown. In a fast-melting world, will love be left behind?” Listing here.