Climate change is an overwhelming topic and a complex issue. In order to make it easier to communicate, we turn to this week’s topic- climate fiction. Through immersive characters and worldbuilding, authors are able to condense complex systems and concepts associated with anthropogenic climate change into digestible narratives for people of all environmental inclinations.
0:00 – defining climate fiction.
2:53 – general issues with environmental messaging: too reliant on science, too lame.
10:28 – value of stories as cultural foundations.
17:42 – climate utopias vs climate dystopias: examples, focus on the individual or society, inducing hope or fear.
25:13 – potential of climate fiction to change the world + brainstorming ideas for mainstream climate narratives.