Monday, February 1, 2016

'Cli-Fi' provides a window into our future -- and ourselves (post by Rachel Michelson)

Rob Moore’s Blog on Cli-Fi event

Cli-Fi provides a window into our future -- and ourselves 

by Rachel Mickelson

A good story will do that -- will make another world so tangible one can see oneself vividly inside it, eliciting empathy for who we might become and how we might respond when provided a similar landscape. When confronted with increasingly extreme weather, rising sea levels, and record-breaking droughts, a compelling narrative might be one of our keys to unlocking a safer future. Enter Climate Fiction, or "Cli-Fi," a burgeoning literary genre that grapples with the impacts of climate change and envisions a world that could become all too real.

Cli-Fi novels such as Claire Vaye Watkins' Gold Fame Citrus, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife, and Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy have earned wide critical acclaim over the past few years. Secondary schools and universities across the country have also begun to incorporate Climate Fiction courses into their syllabi, providing an accessible platform.

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This is a guest post written by Rachel Mickelson
NRDC Program Assistant

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