How can climate fiction and science work together to fight global warming?

For those operating in the climate change field, the science of global warming is nothing short of industry jargon. Facts such as temperatures having already soared 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and phrases such as “a 2 degree world” embed themselves in so much speech, campaign and literature that they become intuitive and irrevocable until a new set of numbers arises and the lexicon is updated accordingly.

But how many people in the world actually think about global warming in such an imperative way? Isn’t it more of a cameo role, catching the eye when there’s a heat wave and disappearing again in good weather? How to bridge this gap between scientific and felt realities?

It is often said that the role of art is to hold a mirror up to society, but the ever-growing field of climate fiction – “cli-fi” – has an even greater responsibility: to hold a mirror up to the future. overall. By redirecting data and information into stories about life when summers are insurmountable without air conditioning and clean water must be manufactured, climate fiction has the power to make far-reaching scientific projections understandable, personal and emotional.

In the perspective of World Environment Day 2022this GLF live on June 3 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. CEST / 7:30 p.m. IST will bring together Abhiyant Tiwari, a leading Indian heat-health expert, and Alexandra Kleeman, a renowned author and journalist who recently published an acclaimed work of climate fictionto discuss the interplay of their professional fields and how it can make a climate difference.

This GLF Live will be broadcast on the Global Landscapes Forum broadcasts Youtube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel Something New Under the Sun, Intimations, a collection of short stories, and the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, which received the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize and was chosen by the editor of the New York Times. In 2020, she was awarded the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction in 2022. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others. and other writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, VOGUE, Tin House, n+1 and The Guardian. She is an assistant professor at The New School and her second novel, Something New Under the Sun, named one of the New York Times Notable Books of 2021, was published in August by Hogarth Press and Fourth Estate (UK).

Abhiyant Tiwari is an Indian heat health expert. He holds a master’s degree in public health specializing in environmental health sciences from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Since 2013, as a public health researcher and practitioner at the Public Health Foundation of India, Tiwari has worked with partners such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the United States, and national and subnational government agencies on development, implementation and scaling up of health adaptation to heat waves. projects in India. He led a preliminary study for the National Disaster Management of India to estimate local temperature thresholds for heat wave warning systems in more than 100 Indian cities and is working on the development of heat health warning systems taking into account risks for the country’s states. He is a member of the technical expert group of the National Disaster Management Authority of India that develops national guidelines for heat wave adaptation plans and a member of the technical expert group on related diseases. to the heat compiled by the Indian National Center for Disease Control. He is also a member of the management committee of the Global Heat Health Information Network, the Regional Technical Working Group for Safe and Disaster Resilient Hospitals in PEER-South Asia and the Indian Meteorological Society, and is a member of LEAD India and Climate Reality.

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