Green plays, Peruvian car chases and stolen sand

Two new plays about climate change have just opened in London's West End. It's the art world's latest attempt to engage with the public on a topic regularly labelled by politicians and scientists as one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Yet whether it's plays, movies, books or paintings, the art world has consistently failed to capture the public's imagination when it comes to climate change.

On One Planet this week, we meet one of the country's leading theatre directors to ask why the art world is failing, plus our arts correspondent Vincent Dowd gives his verdict on the new plays.

Also in the show, we go for a rally drive along Peru's recently opened 2,600km long Interoceanic Highway to see how it's impacted communities along the way. Plus, we get a round up of environmental and development news from West Africa.

As ever, tune in, have a listen and let us know what you think. Email the team at, or join us on Facebook, the link's below.

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28 minutes

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Sun 13 Feb 2011 23:30 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

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