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Feelings of a climate fiction author after COP28

What does a sustainability professor and climate fiction author make of COP28? Before I even arrived, there were accusations of COP28 as being a giant greenwashing exercise, with the President of COP28 being at the same time CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. His comments casting doubt on the necessity to phase out fossil

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Inspired to protest?

I saw Nicola Chester read an extract from her memoir about her experiences as an environmental protestor at the ‘Wild Women: Writing the Earth’ Symposium yesterday, and it blew me away. If you’re wondering whether to join the XR ‘Big One’ protest in London this weekend (21st – 24th April), this might inspire you to

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Social-science fiction or Thrutopia?

At a session at COP27 with speculative fiction writer Andrew Dana Hudson on how fiction can help save the climate, I may have accidentally coined a term ‘social-science fiction’. Just as science fiction helps us to imagine the pros and cons of new technologies, social-science fiction can help us imagine how transformative systemic solutions, such

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No More Fairy Tales: Stories to Save Our Planet

I run the Green Stories project and our aim is to move beyond preaching to the converted to share climate solutions using fiction. A key goal is to encourage writers to create positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like and how we might get there. This year we have been working with

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Anthology of Short Stories for COP27

I’m taking time off writing the sequel to Habitat Man to co-ordinate an anthology of climate solutions wrapped in short stories targeted at COP27 delegates. The idea is to bring together climate experts and experienced writers to promote green solutions in an engaging short story. I’ll be writing a few myself and here is the

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Research for book reveals plastic-backed meadow mat

Now spring is approaching, and we start to think about our gardens, watch out for plastic-backed meadow mats. Many people buy wildflower turf or meadow mats thinking they are helping nature and improving biodiversity, but they don’t realise that almost all of them have plastic backing. Suppliers say they break down, but they don’t, they

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A tribute to the self-publishing community

My venture into indie authorship has been an up and down road. The strange peace of the first lockdown spring. Long, thoughtful walks by the river watching nature, dreaming up characters, musing over plot lines, imaginary conversations in my head. Sideways looks from other walkers wondering who the strange person was laughing to herself and

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Christmas Blog: Green Santa

I love to write stories that have a benign effect on the environment and I set up the free Green Stories writing competitions to encourage more writers to do the same. But Father Christmas is probably the biggest example of a fictional story that has had a widespread negative impact on the environment, encouraging widespread

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