Hard facts about how we are destroying our planet have not changed mass behaviour in the 21st century. Nor have hard facts overcome national interests which block an effective global response to global crisis. The harsh reality of mass species extinction and unprecedented climate change is backed by scientific certainty. Too many people feel disempowered and hopeless – what difference can individual action make?
VOICES FOR NATURE is using the arts to help make planet protection central to mainstream thinking. We don’t back off from harsh reality or science but we change how this information is framed and processed.
OUR MISSION is to capture the imagination of young people, to engage their motivation and to sustain their action to protect our planet.
OUR VALUES are equality, diversity and justice. We believe our natural world has intrinsic value beyond its service to mankind.
WE INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE through our bespoke ‘stories’ set in not-too-distance futures but rooted in fact.
WE SUSTAIN MOTIVATION through PLANET PARLIAMENT NOW our new grassroots initiative for young people anywhere in the world.
VOICES FOR NATURE was founded in June 2014. It is a not-for-profit company run philanthropically by the founders Sigrid Shreeve and Dr Tony Coombs. Our early work focused on inspiring and engaging with young people through the specially written novel Jabujicaba and it’s sequel Caretta Caretta, both set in Brazil. The environmental themes are the complex geo-politics of rainforest and coral reef conservation.
In 2017 we broadened our focus to include global population growth issues and climate change. We have further developed our debating tools and forum theatre formats and are using video as our main means of communication.
In 2018 we continue to broaden global environmental themes and engage with young audiences. We are launching our new initiative Planet Parliament Now to sustain young people’s motivation to protect our planet. We are building outreach and technology platforms.