Thursday, September 3, 2015

''Cli-Fi (Why?)'' - a major NYTimes oped coming to this page soon. Stay tuned

www.nytimes.com

files to be retrieved later: Sinapore Q and A

Would you consider 'hope' as a central theme throughout #clifi? YES YES YES YES! Are there any particular scenes in #clifi where the theme of hope was particularly significant? In a cli fi novel titled POLAR CITY RED (2012) by Jim Laughter in USA, the main characters, despite the problems of living in a polar city always being attacked by marauders and men wanting to steal women to rape, the family at end of novel say that they have hope that the future will be better and their descendnts will endure. YES HOPE is very important element of cli fi. I started this meme with deep feelings of hope. AT THE SAME time, we are facing major existential threat to humankind within the next 30 generations so its not all about hope. we also face major issues of despair and gloom. How to resovle this? I don't know. it's yin yang. we need writers and movie directors to explore this,.

What do you think inhibits the individual from really paying attention to the issue of climate change? Basically, we are all in DENIAL. we think our leaders will FIX things, geoengineers will FIX things, the future technology will FIX things, so we do not worry. Also we are hard wired to think only 3 generations ahead of us, us, our children and our grandchildren ....after that WE CANMNOT SEE the future and we don';t care. I DO CARE! ME, i care about next 30 generations, maybe that is beause i have no biological children.

 Have there been particular trends in society which you think might have played a part? Well, during the Holocaust in Europe , people were in DENIAL that Hitler was killing Jews. During Japan war, people were in denial that Japan wa a facsit police state that wanted to conquer ASia. Humans are hardwired by DNA and psychology to be in denial.

How can we as individuals do more, beyond simply raising awareness, to help the climate change movement and inspire others at the same time? ANSWER: artists and poets and novelists and movie directors can make cli fi movies and novels to wake people up. ART matters. Art can touch people. stats and charts and govt charts are boring.

The Kyoto Protocol was the world's first climate change treaty. Do you think it has been successful? YES and NO
If no, why not? It served to wake people up, but at the ame time, most nations have not chnged their behaviro adn we still emit co2 by the tonnes everyday!

What should mankind do, as a collective whole, in order to truly curb and control climate change? in my POV, we need to stop all use of CARS, and airplanes and trucks and taxis and buses worldwide NOW. NOW. we must  all talk to work or use bicyucle. no more burning or using gasoline or oil. PERIOD. FULL STOP. that is the only WAY.

There has been a resurgence of interest in inspiring change through art. YES YES YES YES One such example would be the Art+Climate=Change 2015 event (http://artclimatechange.org/). How do you feel about this?
I LOVE IT AND I APPLAUD WHAT THEY ARE DOING. Cli fi is about artists and EQ people making wake up calls. Cli fi is not scientists or govt paper pushers. Cli fi is war againts AGW. now!

Do you think #clifi can be associated with art, given that they serve the same purpose of bringing climate change to the forefront of public consciousness? YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES.

cli fi is all about ART. EMOTIONS. FEELINGS, PSYCHOLOGY. CHANGE AGENT: cli fi is  a chnage agent of artists worlwide in many languages

The poor little difficult white golf ball that was only willing to circle the rim and not go in!

Calling ALL SPORTS REPORTERS! Best GOLF line ever:

"Hoping to card a birdie on the 18th hole, Tseng sent off her last putt steadily, but the difficult little white ball was willing only to circle the rim of the hole."

LINK to news report:

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/09/01/444792/Yani-Tseng.htm

Yani Tseng weeps after failing to make a birdie putt to win LPGA

TAIPEI -- Former world No. 1 Yani Tseng wept after failing to make a birdie putt on the last hole in the final round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama Sunday (local time), again missing the chance to taste victory.
The 26 year-old from Taiwan was just one stroke behind American Kris Tamulis when coming to the second-last hole in the final round at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill. By then, Tamulis, who teed off earlier than Tseng, had already finished the game at the top of the leaderboard. With two last chances to beat Tamulis to take her 16th career LPGA win, Tseng missed her first putt on the 17th hole, before failing to make her last putt count. Hoping to card a birdie on the 18th hole, Tseng sent off her last putt steadily, but the difficult little white ball was willing only to circle the rim of the hole. Eventually, she finished tied second with Austin Ernst, also an American, with a total score of 16-under 272. Tamulis won with a total of 17-under 271 in the four-day tournament, which had a purse of US$1.3 million. Saying she had no clue why she was weeping, Tseng told CNA via telephone that "maybe it was because I was so close to victory."