2022 Members’ Posts

Here are our posts so far for 2022, from authors: Iain Biggs, Kim Goldsmith, Mark Goldthorpe, Brit Griffin, Niels Hoek, Susan Holliday, Andrew Howe, Chris Fremantle, Rob La Frenais, Julia Marques, Indigo Moon, James Murray-WhiteLola Perrin, Joan Sullivan, Philip Webb Gregg and Mary Woodbury.

You can find over 150 previous posts from our growing network of members published in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017. And you can also explore all our posts by category – or by author listed in our sidebar.


September 2022

Our Shifting Baseline Syndrome Sustains the Anthropocene

by Niels Hoek
28 September 2022

Environmental Change
1,650 words: estimated reading time = 6.5 minutes
 

 

Legal researcher Niels Hoek explores the phenomenon of Shifting Baseline Syndrome in our experience of the ever-changing natural world, exemplifying a generational amnesia that conservation lawyers, environmentalists and creative practitioners can help combat as we navigate the Anthropocene.

The End of the World? Let’s Be Honest

by Philip Webb Gregg
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2 September 2022
Environmental Keywords
1,720 words: estimated reading time = 6.5 minutes

 

Writer Philip Webb Gregg embraces our Environmental Keywords theme on Transitions with an urgent call to abandon our language of endings for one of beginnings, where we embrace the deepest change: a radical transition to more honest stories.

August 2022

Assembling the Raven’s Nest

by Chris Fremantle
29 August 2022
Review
1,860 words: estimated reading time = 7.5 minutes

 

Researcher Chris Fremantle reviews The Raven’s Nest. This ecological memoir by Sarah Thomas addresses love and loss and coming to belong in the Westfjords peninsular of Iceland, evoking human and more-than-human relationships to draw out stories of interdependence.

July 2022

Deconstructing our Dominion Stories in a Time of Unravelling

by Joan Sullivan
19 July 2022
Review
2,460 words: estimated reading time = 10 minutes

 

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

by Mary Woodbury
5 July 2022

Review
1,700 words: estimated reading time = 7 minutes

 

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.

June 2022

Open Deep Mapping: Conversations-in-process, Places-in-time

by Iain Biggs
17 June 2022
Longer
1,500 words: estimated reading time = 6 minutes

 

Independent artist and researcher Iain Biggs introduces a special new essay for our Longer section, reflecting on his practice of open deep mapping as an inclusive, creative approach to working with and in place, and moving beyond ‘Business-as-Usual’.

Only Star

by Indigo Moon
3 June 2022
Creative Works
400 words: estimated reading time = 2 minutes

 

Queer creative, writer, artist, poet, witch and activist Indigo Moon shares ‘Only Star’ and other poems from a collection she created for her recent MA Environmental Humanities, showcasing the natural world and its changes over a human lifespan.

May 2022

Moving With the Word ‘Transitions’

by Mark Goldthorpe
20 May 2022
Environmental Keywords
2,100 words: estimated reading time = 8.5 minutes

 

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe shares participants’ reflections from a workshop exploring the word ‘Transitions’ – the final Environmental Keywords discussion from the University of Bristol – and the sense that we need better words to capture our imaginations.

Solarpunk — Storytelling for Futures We Want to Create

by Mick Haining
11 May 2022
Speculative Worlds
1,920 words: estimated reading time = 7.5 minutes

 

Writer Mick Haining returns with tales from the Solarpunk storytelling showcase that was launched by XR Wordsmiths with the aim of imagining futures we want and need to create, and which has given both writers and readers hope.

April 2022

Mosses and Marshes: Creative Engagement with Wetlands

by Andrew Howe and Kim V Goldsmith
27 April 2022
Endangered Worlds
2,900 words: estimated reading time = 11.5 minutes

 

Artists Andrew Howe and Kim V Goldsmith share the story of their collaborative Mosses and Marshes project, which investigates connections between fragile wetlands and their communities in England and Australia, seeking new interpretations, multiple perspectives and less-heard voices.

A Nature More Resilient

by Susan Holliday
18 April 2022

Environmental Keywords
2,100 words: estimated reading time = 8.5 minutes

 

Responding to our Environmental Keywords post on ‘Resilience’, psychotherapist Susan Holliday uses a story from her book Hidden Wonders of the Human Heart to seek a more resilient nature, finding signs that collective stresses need not overwhelm us.

Growing With the Word ‘Resilience’

Showing a mapping exercise for the word 'resilience' at the Environmental Keyword project event

by Mark Goldthorpe
11 April 2022
Environmental Keywords
2,100 words: estimated reading time = 8.5 minutes

 

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reflects on some of the participants’ encounters and experiences at a workshop exploring the word ‘Resilience’, the second in the short Environmental Keywords series from the University of Bristol during February and March 2022.

March 2022

Permeability: On Green Frogs, Imagination & Reparations

by Brit Griffin
30 March 2022
Environmental Keywords
1,500 words: estimated reading time = 6 minutes

 

Responding to our Environmental Keywords post on ‘Justice’, writer Brit Griffin shares reflectiona on permeability — in the natural membranes of the living world, in our binary concepts and in our imaginations — as reaching towards the more-than-human.

Walking With the Word ‘Justice’

by Mark Goldthorpe
16 March 2022
Environmental Keywords
2,900 words: estimated reading time = 11.5 minutes

 

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reflects on some of the participants’ insights from a workshop exploring the word ‘Justice’. This was the first in the short Environmental Keywords series from the University of Bristol during February and March 2022.

February 2022

Seeing Nature’s Wonders in the Human Heart

by James Murray-White
28 February 2022
Review
1,600 words: estimate reading time = approximately 6.5 minutes

 

Writer and filmmaker James Murray-White reviews Susan Holliday’s creative guide, Hidden Wonders of the Human Heart, and finds ‘wise friends on the path’ of seeing deeply into connections, and a fellow traveller in the landscape of human nature.

On COP & the Art of Change

by Julia Marques
11 February 2022
Art & Eco Activism
2,570 words: estimated reading time = approximately 10 minutes

 

Climate change communicator Julia Marques helped amplify COP26 reporting from the Blue Zone in Glasgow. Here she looks at the artworks she encountered at the COP and the value of creative activity alongside the activism and negotiations.

January 2022

“Time to Act” — Failure & Success at COP26

by Lola Perrin and Rob La Frenais
25 January 2022
Conversations
2,570 words: estimated reading time = approximately 10 minutes

 

Composer Lola Perrin and curator Rob La Frenais invited three artists and organisers to talk about their creative work for COP26 and their feelings about the global conference’s failure to match the warm rhetoric of its first day.

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