Storying Climate Change

Authors: Eric Magrane*, New Mexico State University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Environment, Communication
Keywords: climate narratives, geopoetics, geohumanities, climate change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Climate change can be considered as much a cultural and social issue as a scientific issue. Multiple narratives of climate change exist: for example, some see it as an existential and apocalyptic threat to life on earth or a national security issue; others see it as a social and environmental justice issue and a crisis of capitalism; others see it as a hoax and a ‘Trojan Horse’ for unnecessary regulations. In this presentation, I will address some of these climate narratives and share examples from a new series of poems on which I am currently at work. Each poem takes as its title a quote on climate change. The quotes/titles represent a variety of voices on the issue, from scientific to literary to social theoretical to spiritual to political. The resulting poems take a variety of tones, from matter-of-fact, to hopeful, to outraged, to despairing, to sarcastic/satirical, to combative, to lyric meditation. The form of this climate geopoetics project allows me to merge my (geo)poetic practice with my cultural and critical geographic research on environmental and climate narratives—in turn, “storying” climate change through a critical-creative and associative mode.

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