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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2019-19
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Submitted as: research article 03 Sep 2019

Submitted as: research article | 03 Sep 2019

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This bookmark gauges the depths of the human: how poetry can help to personalise climate change

Sam Illingworth Sam Illingworth
  • School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Abstract. By conducting a qualitative content analysis of 72 poems written about climate change by poets from across the world, this study demonstrates how these poets have interpreted the, at times, esoteric principles of climate change. The results of this study indicate that these interpretations highlight the need to re-position humans in the epicentre of the debate so that a meaningful dialogue around the subject might be established, especially amongst non-specialists.

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This bookmark gauges the depths of the human: how poetry can help to personalise climate change S. Illingworth https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/T2YDR

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To many non-specialists, the science behind climate change can appear confusing and alienating, yet in order for global mitigation efforts to be successful it is not just scientists who need to take action, but rather society as a whole. This study shows how poets and poetry offer a method of communicating the science of climate change to the wider society using language that they not only better understand, but which also has the potential to stimulate accountability and inspire action.
To many non-specialists, the science behind climate change can appear confusing and alienating,...
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