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Polo in Brazil_cover Image Alan Hesse

Captain Polo in Brazil – A Sneak Peek

Author-illustrator and conservation biologist Alan J Hesse exclusively previews his latest 'The Adventures of Captain Polo' graphic novel, showing his creative process as this savvy climate action ambassador explores Brazil's threatened biodiversity and climate issues and solutions there. ...

Creative Responses to Our Nature & Climate Predicaments

ClimateCultures is an online space for creative minds to share responses to our ecological and climate predicaments. Launched in 2017, we are a growing network of artists, researchers and curators across the UK and around the world working across many practices, disciplines and spaces. Novelists, short story writers, performers, poets, playwrights, painters, composers, illustrators, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, designers, digital artists, multimedia artists, gallery owners, online curators, creative producers, cultural activists, historians, biologists, archaeologists, geographers, environmental technologists, climate researchers — and more.

Scroll down to see a rich taster of our evolving content — all exclusively from our members: our regular blog, a showcase with short examples of creative work, a growing collection of longer essays, and several special series featuring themed content.

The ClimateCultures blog

You can see our current post above. One of our members publishes original content on our blog every few weeks

We now have over 200 posts from more than 80 authors. You can find these under our Blog menu arranged by year or by our categories: * A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects * Art & Eco Activism * Challenges of Creative Engagement * Conversations * Creative Works * Cultural Change * Endangered Worlds * Environmental Change * Environmental Keywords * Gifts of Sound and Vision * In the Elements * Learning in the Anthropocene * Longer * Preview * Review * Signals from the Edge * Spaces * Speculative Worlds * Spiritual Ecology. And you can explore individual members by searching for ‘Authors’ in the ClimateCultures Members Directory. And in our sidebar you can see some of the popular posts and pages that people are reading right now.

Here are three more of our most recent posts. 

Un-tending the World -- A Geopoetics of the Wild
29th May 2024

Un-tending the World — A Geopoetics of the Wild

Writer and filmmaker James Murray-White finds in James Roberts's 'Two Lights' a profound, close observation of the living world: a wise blending between writer and subject that encapsulates the essence of geopoetics as the sensitive expression of reality. ...
Sharing the Fire -- Hope Tales Event & Chapbook
10th May 2024

Sharing the Fire — Hope Tales Event & Chapbook

Practical activist and artist Nicky Saunter revisits the Hope Tales project, with its fourth event and chapbook exploring 'Fire' themes in the Celtic winter Samhain festival, shared learning from other cultures and creatures, live music, poems and stories. ...
The Next Dawn of Everything -- Stories of Human Cultures
23rd April 2024

The Next Dawn of Everything — Stories of Human Cultures

Writer and researcher Jules Pretty explores stories that reveal how human cultures don't converge on one 'advanced' model, as our current views of history assume, finding in The Dawn of Everything rich accounts of diversity, freedom and hope. ...

And here’s a sample from this month in previous years…

A Drop in the Pond
11th July 2023

A Drop in the Pond

Writer and online community newspaper publisher, Rod Raglin shares the story of a local Vancouver, Canada, park pond reduced to a seasonal wetland -- and a neigbourhood's dispute with administrators on how to respond amid severe climate change. ...
Deconstructing our Dominion Stories in a Time of Unravelling
19th July 2022

Deconstructing our Dominion Stories in a Time of Unravelling

Photographer and writer Joan Sullivan reviews a pair of books - non-fiction, fiction - that embrace the unknown, helping us navigate our collective uncertainty and explore what it means to be human in a time of Anthropocene unravelling. ...
Where Waters and Fictions Meet
5th July 2022

Where Waters and Fictions Meet

Writer and curator Mary Woodbury shares eight novels about water where fact and fiction mingle, tied by imagination, to reveal important truths about our shifting relationships with this vital and lively agent in an era of climate crisis. ...
Wild Writing: Embracing Our Humanimal Nature
22nd July 2021

Wild Writing: Embracing Our Humanimal Nature

Ecopoet Helen Moore shares the inspiration and creative process behind her wild writing and the embodied awareness and resilience it nurtures in a world that's become unconscious of humanity's interdependence with all beings through the web of life. ...
Talking to the Crisis
5th July 2021

Talking to the Crisis

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reflects on a follow-up conversation between interviewer Julia Marques, performer Daniel Bye, creative producer Tessa Gordziejko, artist Jennifer Leach and geographer Matt Law on experiences of darkness, attitudes to uncertainty and opportunities for creativity. ...
Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown
30th July 2020

Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown

Artist Jo Dacombe shares an exercise she developed for students to respond creatively to the sensory nature of woods, and which she's adapted for online engagement with nature during Covid19 lockdown as part of her Imagining Woodlands project. ...
All the Little Gods Surrounding Us
13th July 2020

All the Little Gods Surrounding Us

James Murray-White discovers in 'Winged', a new collection of words and images from fellow member James Roberts, a creative expression of the natural world's ‘being-ness’ and a way for us to deepen our own presence within the more-than-human. ...
When Our Roar Was Birdsong
29th July 2019

When Our Roar Was Birdsong

Writer Philip Webb Gregg went looking for ways to let nature get to him, and found them on a bushcraft and survival course, with Extinction Rebellion on the streets of London, and in his garden in the city. ...

More creative content from our members

Alongside our blog, we also use our Creative Showcase to share short insights into our members’ work. Our latest showcase items are:

coral ecosystems - rainforests of the seas
11th January 2024

Mother’s Lament

Artist Michael Gresalfi's painting of past, present and possible future states of our coral ecosystems - the 'rainforests of the seas' - points to a grim outcome if we cannot rapidly implement international strategies. He finds inspiration in the "elegant tit-for-tat" coral-algae relationship of shelter, food and, photosynthesis: "the algae also paint their coral hosts ...
Drawing on Water
1st December 2023

Drawing on Water

Artist James Aldridge gives a short video tour of his recent Drawing on Water exhibition. This brought together artworks that emerged out of the Queer River arts-based research project he set up in 2020, using an audiovisual installation and his 'Walking Pages' to look at his individual, embodied relationship with a range of local wetlands. ...
Songs for Earth
24th August 2023

Songs for Earth

Through his songs, writer Peter Reason explores many rich themes: grief, rage and despair at our ecological catastrophe; beauty and wonder at the world; deep participation in life on Earth, and taking seriously the panpsychic and animist perspective that the world is alive, sentient and speaks to us, if only we will attend and listen. ...

And we have a small but growing library of extended essays in our Longer feature:

Veronica Sekules: The Art and Heritage of Waste
25th September 2023

Veronica Sekules: The Art and Heritage of Waste

In this original essay for ClimateCultures, art curator and writer Veronica Sekules draws on work at her GroundWork Gallery to counter prevailing cultures of extractivism and look at how mobilising creativity can help us rehabilitate waste as a transformative resource in ways that could ultimately mean 'waste' no longer makes sense as a category at all. ...
Deep Mappings - Iain Biggs
13th June 2022

Iain Biggs: Open Deep Mappings Today – a Personal Introduction

In this original essay for ClimateCultures, artist and researcher Iain Biggs introduces the concept of open deep mapping as partial, creative explorations sharing a conversational orientation to place that has value in times of social and environmental upheaval: "an open-ended process, something both much more inclusive than attempted by cartography and much harder to describe." ...
Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis
30th August 2021

Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis

In her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, arts researcher Jemma Jacobs explores visual culture and its value in exposing environmental racism. Her case study of the Flint Water Crisis looks at the work of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, capturing the strength and endurance of a struggling community to draw our focus toward marginalised experiences ...

Special themed series

As well as these regular features, we run special series on particular themes, gathering creative content and thoughts across a topic, such as our Quarantine Connection series during the first Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020, and our exploration during 2022 of three Environmental Keywords — ‘Justice’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Transitions’ — as part of a project by the University of Bristol’s Centre for Environmental Humanities.

And we’re pleased to host an online Museum of the Anthropocene, bringing a selection of the objects nominated by students on the University of East Anglia’s 3rd-year undergraduate course, Human Geography in the Anthropocene.

Some of the contributions to the Museum of the Anthropocene

Many of our regular blog posts are responses to our creative invitations, such as A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects, Gifts of Sound and Vision, and Signals from the Edge. You’ll find these collected under our Curious Minds menu, alongside the Quarantine Connection and Environmental Keywords series.

Explore, comment and share

ClimateCultures is an approach to building creative conversations between and beyond different appreciations of what the climate and ecological predicaments of our times mean, and what they offer us as ways forward. It’s a beginning.

Do explore our archive, use the comment features to join the conversation, and let others know about us.

How ClimateCultures began, What we’re about & Who we are

You can find more about the initiative’s genesis and context in our About pages: About our platform, About the global predicaments we focus on, About our Members. The ClimateCultures Members Directory gives links to each of our artists, researchers and curators and the work they are doing and the posts and other content they share here on our site.

A New Sun’ – Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’ at Tate Modern, 2003 Photographer: Mark Goldthorpe © 2003 markgoldthorpe.net