We Are Watching Ceremony

27 August, 6pm

What to Expect: Sensory spectacle


Dan Acher’s We Are Watching is a striking image of a giant eye flown on a monumental flag, comprising of thousands of digital portraits, contributed by people from 190 countries across the globe.

The 10-storey high flag is designed to send a clear message to world leaders with the power to affect decisions about climate change: that the eyes of the world are upon them. We Are Watching will fly over Greenwich from 27 – 30 August, ahead of the planned COP26 later this year in Glasgow.

Read more about We Are Watching here.

We Are Watching Ceremony

27 August, 6pm

Our House Is On Fire
From Greta Thunberg’s speech at the 2019 World Economic Forum

Nature’s salute
Byron Wallen

We Have Everything We Need
Glenda Jackson reads the poem by former Young Poet Laureate for London Selina Nwulu

Kiran Landa performs an extract from the play by April De Angelis, which premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 2 July 2021

Perspective on the planet
Physicist and oceanographer Dr Helen Czerski

Lemn Sissay OBE
Performing his poems Making A Difference and Hope Spring Eternal, which he wrote for Water Aid

The climate crisis is an emergency, but the right responses create opportunity. Through COP26, we need powerful leadership at a global level. At the same time, we all need to lead by example and engage communities in addressing the challenge: developing the businesses and technologies, and adopting the lifestyles, which will sustain and improve our quality of life, now and in the future. 

Following public consultation, the Royal Borough of Greenwich will be publishing its Carbon Neutral Plan in October 2021. To find out more about local climate change activity or to join our climate emergency network, visit royalgreenwich.gov.uk/climateemergency 

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cllr Sarah Merrill, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Where to find it

The We Are Watching Ceremony will take place at Lower Ground Square, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN.

Supported by

We Are Watching is supported by Royal Greenwich Festivals, Arts Council England and Global Streets.

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