Stephen Fry and Other Stars Bring Shakespeare Sonnet to Life For Climate Change Awareness

Stephen Fry and Homeland actor David Harewood are among the British stars who have taken part in a special short film to help increase awareness about climate change.

In the film, the celebrities by turns recite lines from Shakespeare’s renowned Sonnet 18 – which begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” – amid stunning coastal scenes, grand buildings and sweeping cityscapes. The simple but affecting piece was appropriately released in time for Valentine’s Day and was directed by Stuart Rideout on behalf of Ridley Scott Associates; you can see it for yourself here.

Produced for The Climate Coalition’s Show the Love campaign, the short is part of a drive to get the public talking about how climate change could impact on the places, people and animals they hold dearest. The Climate Coalition itself is a partnership between more than 100 member groups – among them the WWF, Greenpeace and Oxfam – lobbying politicians to join together to tackle issues such as carbon emissions and sustainable development.

Fry, who has named “diverse communities” as the thing he would most fear to lose through environmental damage, said of the Show the Love project, “Climate change is already happening, yet not a lot is going on when it comes to doing something about it. When you think about losing what you love because of climate change, it’s a no-brainer to want to see things change for good.”

He added, “It’s time our world felt the love. We need to stop climate change so that the things we love are not lost.”