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Climate Fiction: Exploring Our Changing World Through Story

Enter climate fiction, or CLI-Fi for short. Climate change is a big, complex issue, and it can be hard to know where to start. This type of writing uses imagination and storytelling to explore the potential consequences of climate change, helping us understand its impact on our world and ourselves.

What is CLI-Fi?

Think of it as science fiction with a focus on the environment. It paints pictures of possible futures based on how we treat the planet today. Some stories are bleak warnings, showing what could happen if we don’t change our ways. Others offer hope, imagining how we can build a more sustainable future.

Image that illustrates the concept of CLI-FI half the image is green the other is grey. The three in the middle is also half green and half grey.

Why is it important?

CLI-Fi isn’t just about scary stories. It’s a way to:

  • Understand the science: Authors often weave real climate data and research into their narratives, making complex issues more accessible.
  • Think about our choices: By seeing the potential consequences of our actions, we can be more mindful of the impact we have on the planet.
  • Find inspiration: Many stories highlight our ability to adapt and overcome challenges, offering hope for the future.
  • Start a conversation: CLI-Fi can spark discussions about climate change, its causes, and what we can do about it.

What are some examples?

There are many great CLI-Fi stories out there, for all ages and interests. Here are a few to get you started:

  • For adults:
    • The Nine by CJ Santon: An adventure 9 Friends embark on an journey to save Humanity.
    • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi: A dystopian thriller set in a drought-stricken future.
    • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson: A realistic glimpse into a flooded New York City.
    • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson: A hopeful story about global cooperation to address climate change.
  • For young adults:
    • Cinder by Marissa Meyer: A sci-fi cyborg love story set on a climate-ravaged Earth.
    • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz: A young spy uncovers a secret climate change conspiracy.
    • I Am Ok with This by Mariko Tamaki: A telekinetic teenager navigates high school and a changing world.

What can you do?

  • Read a CLI-Fi story! Choose one that interests you and dive in.
  • Discuss it with others! Share your thoughts and feelings about the story and its message.
  • Take action! Get involved in your community or support organizations working to address climate change.

Remember, the future isn’t written yet. By understanding the challenges and imagining possibilities, we can all play a role in creating a better tomorrow.

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