Letters to the Ice is a participatory project that was initially commissioned by the Walkabout Theater Company. During the first iteration (in the winter of 2021), I invited people from around the world to engage directly with the grim reality that global ice loss is currently catching up to the worst-case scenario predictions.
In this second iteration, I collaborated with a group of Inuksuk High School students and their teachers over a period of four months. During this time, we explored the significance of performance art that addresses climate change and spoke about why and how letter writing matters.
“Letters are radical devices because of their intimacy. In an age of cynicism and cynicism’s cousin sarcasm, letters – personal, intentional – are wrought out of a posture of authenticity; [they] are about having membership in the existences of others and are fundamentally about community.”
— Micah Conkling, 2016.
Writing and reading personalized letters to the ice matters not only because of the authenticity of voice that comes through in these offerings, but also because the letters speak to the agency of individuals and the power of the collective in the face of the climate crisis.
Here are the students' letters.