Panel 5: Cli-fi Creations/Writing Cli-fi
A Tale of How Radical Climate Justice Just Might Get Us All to 2050 in One Piece [a novella in progress]
John Foran, University of California, Santa Barbara
This presentation will re-envision Naomi Oreskes and Richard Conway’s grim “future history,” through the hopeful lens of today’s global climate justice movement. The talk will conclude by venturing into the uncharted territory of a post-capitalist world (more).
Changing the Narrative: Viewing the Present from the Future
Christopher Bowman, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
This paper constructs a counternarrative to dystopian climate fiction by identifying sources of optimism and envisioning the outcomes of their implementation. While ultimately depicting a number of collisions with climate change, this paper charts a more likely—and optimistic—narrative for humanity than its apocalyptic predecessors (more).
The Great Transformation: How We (Just) Avoided a Climate Catastrophe
Jeremy Lent, Liology Institute
This talk imagines a world saved from the brink of collapse by grass-roots communities across the world connected through a shared foundation of core values emphasizing quality of life over material possessions. The presenter outlines what such a movement would entail and how it reverted the world from near certain catastrophe (more).
Three Fragments to Generate Alternative Visions of Climate Futures
Laurence Marty, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
This talk will draw from the presenter’s personal experience in the environmental realm to tell the story of three fictional characters affected by climate change. By expanding the scope of potentialities, including prefigurative experiments developed by social movements, the author hopes to help imagine and create alternative and fairer climate futures(more).
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