The Edinburgh International Book Festival made an exciting announcement today regarding its event featuring Greta Thunberg on Sunday, August 13th.
The in-person tickets for this event sold out within 24 hours. However, in response to the overwhelming demand and with the generous support of The Open University in Scotland, the festival has decided to live stream the event, enabling audiences from around the world to watch it.
To access the live stream, presented in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival, viewers can visit https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/greta-thunberg starting from 12 noon on Wednesday, June 14th. Additionally, this website will also provide information about the 2023 Book Festival programme.
“The Book Festival’s approach to opening up access to books, literature and current debate complements our mission at The Open University to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We are also particularly dedicated to contributing to social and environmental justice by placing sustainability at the heart of our teaching, research and knowledge exchange. I am proud that The Open University in Scotland is sponsoring this important event with Greta Thunberg and delighted that it will now reach an even wider audience via the livestream.”Susan Stewart, Director at The Open University in Scotland
“When Greta Thunberg’s event with Gemma Cairney sells out in less than a day, it’s clear that audiences are keen to play an active part in the climate conversation. That’s why I’m so pleased we can also live stream the event. I am incredibly grateful to The Open University for allowing us to open this event up to even more people from all over the world.”
Nick Barley, Director at Edinburgh International Book Festival
The event, titled It’s Not Too Late to Change the World, will take place at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday 13th August and will be chaired by writer and broadcaster Gemma Cairney.
The event will begin with a speech from Greta Thunberg, followed by an in-depth conversation about her activism and The Climate Book, the 2022 publication that saw her call on the wisdom of more than one hundred experts, from Indigenous leaders and renowned scientists to activists and people from around the world who are most affected by climate change.
This will be Greta’s Thunberg’s first public appearance in Scotland since her visit to Glasgow for COP26, the UN’s Climate Conference in November 2021. As part of the event, 300 tickets have been made available to local community groups and young people, and a special concessionary ticket price of 50% was made available to those under 26 to encourage them to become a part of the climate conversation.
For more information on Edinburgh International Book Festival visit: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/