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What Sort of a Story is Climate Change?

Presented by the Ashden Trust, Free Word and Open University

Tue 24 Jun 2014, 7:00pm

Free Word Lecture Theatre

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What Sort of Story is Climate Change? launches the book Culture and Climate Change: Narratives. The event will explore the book’s key arguments and will also introduce some new creative work. The book’s editors argue that more diverse and dynamic accounts of this complex topic offer a much more accurate account than the simplistic insistence that ‘the science is finished’. But they also conclude that more plural and nuanced stories about climate change will lead to better debate and more convincing action. 

The evening is chaired by Free Word Executive Director Rose Fenton. Playwright and academic Steve Waters will explore themes in the book, and offer his own response to the question What Sort of Story is Climate Change? Other contributors will read material from across several hundred years that speak about environmental change, and three young poets will read new work commissioned for the event.

This event has been organised by the Mediating Change group (based at the Open University), the Ashden Trust and Free Word. It is part of a wider series of discussions, podcasts and publications exploring the relationship between culture and climate change. The first publication, Culture and Climate Change: Recordings, came out in 2011.