THE ART OF LISTENING
Promoting a wider appreciation of Planet Earth's beauty, diversity and fragility and igniting a passion to safeguard its future.
Founded by famed audio naturalist Martyn Stewart, The Listening Planet Foundation is a charity dedicated to promoting a wider appreciation of Planet Earth's beauty, diversity and fragility - through the mediums of sound, video, photography, education and inspirational stories.
A future where people live in harmony with the natural world and where, together, all life thrives
To create more advocates for
the natural world.
THE ART OF LISTENING
We are joining the race to safeguard the future of the place we all call home. To bring nature’s voice to the world… and, through the power of listening awaken a connection deep inside all of us; a love, joy, understanding and respect for the importance and fragility of the place we call home and a passion to safeguard its future.
"THE LISTENING PLANET is both a celebration Stewart’s contributions to the field of audio naturalism and his final effort to call attention to vulnerable places and animals"
"Stewart is collecting 55 years of recordings from extensive fieldwork around the world into a series of albums and an online hub. There, listeners can immerse themselves in a meticulously captured series of natural soundscapes from around the world – some of which no longer exist."
Never before have we faced such an urgent need to connect hearts with minds, knowledge with action and to re-open a connection we believe lives deep inside all of us. We are working with some of the best creators in the world to explore new ways to reignite the ART OF LISTENING. We aim to bring natures voice to the world in ways that have never been felt or experienced before…. To inspire and ignite a love for the natural world that awakens a desire to safeguard its future.
LEARN TO LOVE
We aim to help educate and train the next generation of sound recordists, conservationists, stewards, artists and passionate advocates of the natural world, deepening their relationship with the earth through sound. It is only by advancing our individual and collective understanding of the role natural sound plays as a critical barometer for the health of our planet that we can more actively engage in the conversation about the vital links between nature and human well-being and be moved to act.
FIGHT TO PROTECT
The fragile weave of natural sound is being torn apart by our seemingly boundless need to conquer the environment rather than to find a way to live in harmony with it. We’re therefore adding nature’s own voice to the urgent call for its own conservation and protection. Every soundscape tells its own unique story and together they are powerful tools for mobilising people around the issue of climate change and diversity.
"Sound can also echo a disappearing world, a sonic landscape undergoing an extinction event of its own – one that is, with painful irony, happening silently. It's a silence Stewart is hoping to challenge by releasing 55 years of recordings – a collection amounting to some 97,000 sounds to the world".
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