Literature and Environment: Imaginative Interventions in the Climate Crisis

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In the fall semester of 2019, the members of ENGL374 engaged in critical conversations about the climate crisis, its impacts on various communities, and the systems that shape how people are affected by the crisis. To share this with the greater community and invite others to participate in these necessary conversations, ENGL374 sponsored an event comprised of a conversation hour and an open mic, both encouraging community growth, bonding, and shared conversations the climate crisis. The event was dedicated to creating a space where people could share works that connected to their personal feelings about the state of the natural world. This took the form of prose, stories, and personal narratives, all reiterating the need for climate mitigation and systemic action.

The event explored different dialogues, feelings, and reactions surrounding the issue of the climate crisis, and sought to unite the participating members over a common denominator: advocating and fighting for climate justice. The event took place on the eve of the Youth Climate Strike on December 5, 2019, and was a part of a series of creative climate events hosted by the University of Puget Sound.

This archive is meant to document and commemorate the works of climate fiction created by the Fall 2019 ENGL374 class, as well as the works shared during the open mic. This collection of climate fiction are not only imaginative interventions of the climate crisis, but are diverse, thoughtful, and straight from the heart. If green studies and ecocriticism are to be about affecting and inspiring change, then the hope is that this collection of creative climate writing can be sparks of change.

We hope to continue the conversation on the climate crisis, not just through our climate fiction but in our everyday choices. It is important that we understand what is happening in our world and who is getting affected. For those not sure how to get involved, Tacoma is a great place to start. We have included a resource section comprised of helpful links to let you know exactly what is going on in our town and what we can do to help combat the climate crisis and be powerful advocates of climate justice.

Resources for learning and getting involved:

● Washington Public Disclosure Commission: https://www.pdc.wa.gov

● 350 Tacoma: https://www.350tacoma.org

● NWD Resistance: https://www.nwdcresistance.org/mobile/

● Two Spirit Media: https://www.facebook.com/IndependentTwoSpiritMedia/

● Native Daily Network: http://www.nativedailynetwork.com

● Sightline: https://www.sightline.org

● Ancestral Waters Documentary: https://vimeo.com/353151077

● City of Tacoma: https://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=1972

● Support the Protectors of the Salish Sea: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectorsOfTheSalishSea/

● Todd Hay: http://toddhay.com

● Sunrise Movement: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/hubs


○ Sunrise Movement Washington Official Instagram: @sunrisemvmt_wa

● University of Puget Sound Eco Club Official Instagram: @pugetsoundeco

Previous work from past ENGL374 classes:

● “On Divestment” Zine: https://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/englishcourses/1/

● Podcast: https://374podcast.atavist.com/literature-and-the-environment-podcast#chapter-2429687


climate crisis, literature, poetry, Tacoma, Puget Sound, University of Puget Sound, climate strike, climate crisis

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