Earth Speakr is an artwork created by Olafur Eliasson with his studio, kids, creative partners, researchers, and experts. It is funded by the Federal Foreign Office on the occasion of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020 and realised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
Earth Speakr is free-of-charge and promotes collaboration and reflection between people of all ages across Europe on climate change and the future of the planet. It consists of a playful app and an interactive website (in all 24 official EU languages), as well as physical presentations in key locations.
Everyone can download the Earth Speakr app and animate their environment using playful interactive technology. Kids and young people below the voting age can choose to take part by giving their voice to anything – a tree, a banana peel, the sky, or the street – and speak up for their local surroundings and for the planet. Their creative messages are shared on www.earthspeakr.art and experienced on the app via Augmented Reality (AR).
A crucial aspect of the artwork is the communication of Earth Speakr messages to the ears of today’s decision-makers, change-makers, and global leaders.
Since 1 July 2020, kids’ messages will appear on Earth Speakr’s virtual map, and Loud Speakrs can be viewed in AR at prominent locations across the EU.
If you’re a kid, you can create Earth Speakr messages and invite your friends to make more.
If you’re a grown up, explore the Earth Speakr messages, create groups of messages – so- called Loud Speakrs – and share with others to amplify the topics that you find most relevant and to demonstrate how you act in response to kids’ concerns.
If you’re an institution or part of a network, you can host an event and encourage kids to participate – digitally or in per- son. Toolkits available on the website in July will guide you in co-creating engaging activities for kids to explore the artwork and in bringing EarthSpeakr into your existing programming.
If you work in politics, you can get involved by listening to what future constituents have to say and considering how you can bestrespond to the topics they raise. Eliasson hopes you will be inspired to bring Earth Speakr messages to the table to make kids feel met and heard.
Are you ready to listen to the future?
Watch Olafur Eliasson on Earth Speakr here to get inspired!