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As the debate around communicating the issue of climate science rages, and the imperative of alerting the world to the impact of our changing climate becomes even more urgent, Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at UCL, reminds us, “The whole point about climate change is that it is not really about the science. It is about the sort of world we want to live in and what kind of future we want to create.”
Assessing the current political temperature and social climate, Weather Stations is an international project that places literature and storytelling at the heart of these conversations about climate change.
But how best to do this? How do writers look at climate change and write successfully about it?
Jay Griffiths explores this issue – and more – with panel members Mirko Bonné, Weather Stations Writer in Residence at internationalesliteraturfestival berlin, Tony White, former Writer in Residence at the Science Museum, and Chris Rapley.
Complementing the discussion, panel members read extracts from their work. Below, Mirko Bonné reads his poem, Plastic Sea.
Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at UCL, reads from the manuscript of his play, 2071.
Tony White reads from his novel, Shackleton's Man Goes South.
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For the launch of Realistic Utopias – a collection of new writing on our rapidly changing world – we asked Mary Woodbury to take us through the history (and future) of books exploring our environment and climate change.
Listen to five new stories and poems from emerging writers that take a personal look at our rapidly changing world. Reflect on whether words can help inspire us to take action.