What Sort of a Story is Climate Change?
Climate change is described by many as one of the most urgent and important stories of our time, but it can also seem difficult, confusing – even boring. The last great surge of media attention occurred in the late-2000s, after which the dominant narrative came under bitter and sustained attack.
Are there other ways of telling stories about climate change that support a better quality of understanding and debate?
Join us for a panel and audience discussion about what kinds of stories are being told, and could be told, about climate change. The panel will include Nick Drake, the poet and screenwriter, and Caspar Henderson, journalist and author of the acclaimed Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Kate Fletcher, leading author on fashion and sustainability, based at the London College of Fashion and Zoe Svendsen, theatre director and Lecturer in English, University of Cambridge.
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. The second volume will be published in Spring 2014 and addresses different types of climate-change narratives. This event will feed ideas into the second publication, and will also be available as a podcast.
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