How science fiction can inspire humanity’s response to the climate crisis – podcast
This episode of The Conversation’s Podcast In Depth Out Loud explores how the hopes and fears of science fiction can inspire humanity’s response to the climate crisis.
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Chris Pak, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Swansea University, explores the history of science fiction stories about terraforming, geoengineering, space and climate change. As COP26, the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Approach Pak says science fiction writers are consulted by organizations and governments to help us think about the risks and challenges of the future in a way that other disciplines cannot. He says we urgently need more of this imaginative boost.
The music for In Depth Out Loud is Night Caves, by Lee rosevere. In Depth Out Loud is produced by Gemma Ware.
This story is from a project by The Conversation called Insights, supported by Research England. You can read more stories in the series here.
Chris Pak does not work, consult, own stock or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has not disclosed any relevant affiliations beyond his academic position.