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Cli-Mates: Climate Futures Conversations from Scotland

During the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26 (1-12 November, 2021), the eyes of the world are on Glasgow, Scotland, where nations, civil-society groups and activists are meeting to determine the shape of global action in the face of the climate crisis. At this moment, perhaps more than any other, we need creatively expansive thinking about possible futures—stories that help us chart a path towards a just, equitable, sustainable global civilization.

This event is hosted by Shoreline of Infinity, an award-winning magazine of science fiction and fantasy headquartered in Scotland, and the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University (CSI). It brings together four conversations between participants in CSI’s Climate Imagination Fellowship and authors, advocates, and scholars based in Scotland:

  • Kim Stanley Robinson (Davis, California), author of The Ministry for the Future and New York 2140, in conversation with Ken MacLeod (Gourock, Scotland), author of the Fall Revolution series and The Execution Channel
  • Xia Jia (Xi’an, China), author of A Summer Beyond Your Reach and associate professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University, in conversation with Tendai Huchu (Edinburgh, Scotland), author of novels including The Hairdresser of Harare and The Library of the Dead
  • Hannah Onoguwe (Yenagoa, Nigeria), poet, nonfiction writer, and author Cupid’s Catapult, in conversation with Lawrence Dritsas (Edinburgh, Scotland), senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and author of Zambesi: David Livingstone and Expeditionary Science in Africa
  • Libia Brenda, writer, editor and translator, and Gabriela Damián Miravete, writer, editor, screenwriter, and culture journalist (both Mexico City, Mexico), in conversation with Laura Watts (Edinburgh & Orkney Islands, Scotland), interdisciplinary senior lecturer in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, and author of Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga

The event is hosted by Pippa Goldschmidt, a fiction author, essayist, poet, and nonfiction editor at Shoereline of Infinity. She is the author of the novel The Falling Sky and the short story collection The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space, and the winner of the Suffrage Science Award, which honors women’s contributions to science. 

The Climate Imagination Fellowship, presented by CSI in partnership with the United Nations High-Level Champions for Climate Action and TED Countdown, with support from the ClimateWorks Foundation, brings together talented fiction authors from across the globe with researchers, policy makers, community members, and other creative thinkers to create visions of positive climate futures that are grounded in real science, and also in local particularities and the complexities of specific physical and social geographies.

Learn more at https://climateimagination.org.

Learn more about Shoreline of Infinity at https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com, and follow on Twitter @shoreinf. Learn more about the Center for Science and the Imagination at https://csi.asu.edu, and follow on Twitter @imaginationASU.

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