We invite you to tell us how you are affected by climate change or inspired by climate change literature. We’ll be compiling quotes here and hope to eventually have some wonderful insights from readers.
The first reply did not come in quote form but in an image from Cece Chapman, who I’ve known for years. She was a frequent contributor to Jack Magazine, a literary e-zine that ran from 2000 to 2010 and is permanently archived at Stanford University’s LOCKSS program. Visit http://ceceliachapman.com/ to find more of Cece’s images.
Science can tell us how we got to the Anthropocene Era, but it takes art to tell us what it’s like to be human in the Anthropocene Era.
In a scientifically illiterate culture such as ours, these kinds of myth-based meta-narratives may be the best way to communicate complex scientific issues like climate change. Myths, as Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell revealed, are not necessarily false, nor are they automatically at odds with science. At their best, they provide another way of viscerally experiencing a truth.
-John Atcheson, author of A Being Darkly Wise
Our local politicians are quite deliberately misinforming us and fighting every kind of environmental regulation that could possibly slow down the release of carbon for the very obvious reason that they’re beholden to the big player in this region, which is the coal companies. Here we are, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. What can I do but write a novel?
No matter how you feel about the politics or the science, the changes we’ll see in the coming decades are ripe ground for storytelling, and I’ve been surprised at how little fiction is published with climate change as a central theme.
-Joe Follansbee, author of the upcoming Carbon Run
Climate change to me is really about water. Who’s going to have it; who will not. Where it goes and where it won’t go. Oceans heating up. I can go on about the intertwined nature of the two, but the one thing we know for isure is that we can’t live without water. We’ve been allowing a small group to profit from the natural resources of our planet and our current way of life is killing everything. If that isn’t something to write about, what is?
Karen Faris, author
The main driving force behind her digital archiving work is to try and save the stories of humanity before climate change destroys the planet.
-Lisa Devaney, author of In Ark: A Promise of Survival
Right now it would seem that there is a need to prepare for the worst, both in order to address climate change and to acclimatise ourselves, but also to — as Stanley Robinson says — ‘figure out what we do right now.’ And maybe stories in the broadest sense are a big part of that, they are doing society’s ‘dream-work’, telling us about ourselves.
Tony White, author of Shackleton’s Man Goes South
I wrote the novel to create images in people’s minds of what is very likely to happen in the next 90 years and beyond…Climate change is irreversible and politically/economically unstoppable.
-Dr. Richard L. Bailey, author of Stormy
I’ll quote as this says it best: http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/brunner.html. I was urging this on friends 40 years ago. They still come around and tell me they hated reading it at the time, and now, they realize it was very, very accurate about where we were headed.