A continuing series comments and quips that some of our friends and colleagues around the world are saying about ''cli-fi...''
''Global culture has not just failed to adapt to the challenges we now face: it actively prevents us from facing those challenges.''
''I'm interested in a contemporary, even if near future, novel or film that takes on climate change and empowers humans to deal with it, all in the framework of an otherwise great story we won't ever forget.''
''Reducing literature to a procession of isolated actors (or authors) belies the responsibility readers have to see the disastrous paradigm in which a focus on individuals occludes acts that harm the broader community.''
'A climate change solutions expert coined the cli-fi term as a PR tool to raise public awareness of AGW via media headlines and he succeeded, despite a few angry critics and naysayers along the way. His work with cli-fi is to take on climate change, promote solutions and empower action.''
''With all the labels out there to describe your novel, it may be hard to pick one.
We need to be careful about our climate narratives and our genre branding for global warning literature. Some people have been pressured and harassed by literary critics over the years for using genre terms like sci-fi or chick-lit or grip-lit, and that's not fair."
''Given the many genres and themes available to describe fiction that deals with climate change, nature, and environmental issues overall, diversity both in the narrative of climate change novels and the labeling of them is important to maintain.''
''Thanks to Sarah Stankorb for both liking the novel and including it, even though I don't necessarily agree this is a hot new genre, since authors have been tackling it for decades.''
''The forest is not your canvas. The blue sky does not symbolise possibility. The lone gull scrabbling in alley dirt far from the ocean is not your emblem. The extent to which metaphors have colonised nature is the extent to which we fail to see the leaf blight, the greenhouse, and the unused concentration of food calories in the dumpsters of our cities. It will be impossible to seriously consider systems of living beings when we force them to conform to anthropomorphic narratives and tropes.''
''In the last twenty years, advanced economies have taken pride in their modest decreases in emissions per capita, completely ignoring the way in which this is possible because of the exportation of manufacturing to the global South. Vast disparities in income, as well as vast differences in the intensity of social and political systems from region to region, drive climate destruction in the present day and fundamentally restrict our ability to conceptualise the global ecosystem of tomorrow.''
However, he added: "But I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe in human resourcefulness. I don’t think this represents a threat to human existence, only a threat to human civilization as it’s currently configured. People will eke out a living somehow in a brutalized world. There will probably be fewer of us, maybe way fewer."