Music stars and artists create exclusive postcard designs
For WaterAid's climate change campaign
Send a digital postcard to the government to tell them why you're joining #OurClimateFight and ask your friends and family to do the same.
These exclusive postcards designed by music artists and the legendary fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes were launched at Glastonbury Festival and other festivals this summer.
The limited-edition postcards, designed specifically for our climate campaign feature designs that celebrate the power of water and the importance of protecting our planet and people everywhere.
Festival-goers could send one postcard to the Prime Minister calling for the government to take urgent action to tackle the climate crisis at COP 27 (27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties), and send another back to themselves from the festival via our special post boxes as a reminder of how they can play their part in building a fairer world, and ask friends and family to join the fight.
Scroll though to discover the unique designs and read more about why the artists got involved in our campaign.
Iconic fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes drew Mother Nature as part of her design, saying:
“I’m supporting WaterAid’s Climate Fight campaign because I believe everyone everywhere should have clean water, whatever the weather.
"With clean water, women don’t have to spend hours each day walking to rivers or springs, children can stay healthy and go to school, and communities can build resilience to the effects of climate change. Together, we can make change happen.”
Zandra's design were also available in different colours on T-shirts and tote bags at Glastonbury and other festivals this summer.
Beatles drummer and long term WaterAid supporter Ringo Starr said:
“We all share one world, and we need to come together to protect it, and each other, as we face the threat of climate change.
"I have long supported WaterAid and believe that it is a basic right that every human being should have access to clean water.
"I’ve designed a special postcard for this summer’s festivals, so people can join me in supporting this campaign for everyone to have clean water. Together we can create change.
"Peace and love. Ringo"
Scouting for Girls' Roy Stride whose design features the Earth surrounded by their lyrics ‘She’s so lovely’, said:
“We live on a beautiful planet with water everywhere, but one in ten people have no clean drinking water close to home.
"Together we can help tackle this injustice and ensure that, even as we face the effects of climate change, everyone has access to their basic needs.
"So, pick up a postcard and make sure your voice is heard.”
FOALS, who will headline the Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival, created a postcard with the words 'The future is not what is used to be' from their song Black Gold.
Lead singer and guitarist Yannis Philippakis said:
“Climate change is already having a terrible impact across the planet, especially for the world’s poorest people, but we can all play our part in creating a better future for all.
"That’s why we’re supporting WaterAid and joining Our Climate Fight. Together, we can help save lives and make the world a brighter place.”
Mike Scott from rock band The Waterboys said:
“It’s hard to imagine not having clean water on tap, but this is the reality for millions around the world.
"We are supporting WaterAid’s Climate Fight to call for everyone to have the basics of clean water and decent toilets, so they are better able to cope with the effects of the climate crisis.
"You too can get involved and help make change happen; our future is in our hands.”
Singer and song-writer of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, KT Tunstall said:
"It’s unacceptable that one in ten people have no clean water, and that these are the same people who are living on the front line of the climate crisis.
"Water is so key to life, a lot of lyrics in my songs centre around it.
"My postcard design in support of WaterAid’s climate campaign features every lyric I’ve been inspired to write about water.
"With clean water, communities can stay healthy now and in the future."
British indie rock band Wet Leg who brought you songs including Chaise Long, Ur Mum and Wet dream created more than one design!
Both were available to post to the Prime Minister and back to yourself from Glastonbury Festival and other festivals this summer via our special postboxes.
In addition to these unique designs, we also created postcards featuring photography by visual artists Ngadi Smart and Poulomi Basu who've recently partnered with WaterAid on projects raising awareness of how the climate crisis is a water crisis.
Finding a postcard on the doormat is always a great moment, bringing a bit of somewhere more fun, home to you.
Festivals are a place where many of us start to realise just how much we take having clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene close to hand, for granted. And so we understand a little bit better just how important these three things are to living a full and healthy life.
But millions of people across the world lack these essentials on a daily basis, despite these basics being a human right.
The climate crisis is making life harder for those already struggling to access these services, with extreme weather like floods and slow-onset events like rising sea levels destroying facilities and contaminating unprotected water sources, while droughts dry up springs and wells.
We wanted to use this traditional form of communication to make an impact by delivering thousands of messages to the Prime Minister, asking him to show leadership at a global level by investing in reliable clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene for people struggling to adapt to climate change.
We're asking the UK government to invest at least a third of its existing climate budget in locally led projects that will help people adapt to the impacts of climate change that they're experiencing right now.
Those who received an exclusive postcard from themselves got a memento from a very special time at a festival and also got a reminder not to take water, toilets and hygiene for granted and to share the message with your network.
It's not too late to ask the government to prioritise funding for water and sanitation services that withstand the effects of climate change.