take a look how these eco activists and influencers convinced bookpub to believe cli-fi can change the world.
This month is all about the theme of Climate Change. It may sound as though some people can be a little annoying when talking about this subject but it is mainly about the ways people influence it on others. This is plainly saying that no-one likes it when they are heavily pressured into things, you know like those annoying adverts you know you don’t want to immerse yourself into but know all the words to the advert. Our point is that BookPub have found ways to educate yourself in a way that makes it enjoyable but gets the point across. We came across a little something called Cli-Fi.
As the 20th century began to morph into the 21st century in the late 1990s, scientists were starting to warn the media and mass population of the rising temperatures which lead to life threatening consequences. The governing bodies around the world had started to conduct plans in order to help cut back with plastic usages, congestion charges and hosted summits regarding the environment. What you didn’t learn from all this was the creative minds of the world had started to generate their own plan to get your attention. Cli-Fi is now the global landscape of cultural production which merged with fictional ”cli-fi” texts in print, on cinema and TV screens and pop-art masterpieces engaging you with the local and global impact of man-made global warming.
When researching about Cli-Fi, it actually opened our eyes to how many economical figures there are campaigning across many platforms. What we found was that the people below have been fighting against the change behind the scenes, like Yulia did in The Undercurrent. It’s the courage that each person below has to voice these changes that should motivate us to get involved too.
the influencers bookpub want you to meet & what makes them so unique to the cause:
Woah! Listen up, Dan Bloom is the creator behind the trend Cli-Fi. He is the reason that the hashtag even exists on social media. Dan Bloom is a Jewish-American climate activist based in Chiayi city, Taiwan. It is known that he does not believe himself to be a literary critic or reporter but he does reference a ton of his work on his website where you will find discussions including novels and movies. We like to think of him as a large Cli-fi portal with all knowledge!
Nevil Shute’s pulp novel On the Beach. The movie starred Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, and Fred Astaire about nuclear war and nuclear winter back in the 1950s. “After a series of tragic global warming impact events worldwide 30 generations from now, the residents of North America must come to terms with the fact that all human life will be extinct in a matter of years.” he told SDJewishworld. He has said in other articles that a fifteen year old said it is scary to watch movies about doomsday let alone read about them and agreed. He reported that there would be no point immersing in them if they didn’t have an impact to make you want to help in our fight. It’s easy to predict that the weather changes and doomsday films will make you realise that Cli-Fi has kind of taken over already and Dan is only just getting started!
When finding out about Nina, it was like a proud moment of empowering feminism mixed with strong curiosity. Nina Gualinga for her whole life, working to protect the nature and communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Gualinga recently received the WWF International President’s Youth Award, which acknowledges outstanding achievements by conservationists under the age of 30. At 18, she represented indigenous youth before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This is where she won a landmark case against the Ecuadorian government for allowing oil drilling on indigenous lands.
William A. Liggett
William ‘Bill’ Liggett writes fiction that blends behavioral and earth sciences in the new literary genre “cli-fi,” or climate fiction. He holds a BS in geology and an MA in education, both from Stanford University, and a PhD in applied social psychology from New York University. His goal is to paint a hopeful future, based on solutions to global warming.
On his blog, he wrote a very interesting thesis on the psychology of activism. He explored Van der Linden’s factors of the types of people’s languages when protesting through speech on stage and how they are projecting themselves. For example, he broke down the speech of Greta Thunberg’s debut speech in front of the United Nations and compares that to factors which are compared to films we may know of that are subject to climate change. The subjects that he chooses to write about are regarded as a high-brow-esque attitude but in a creative mannor. The articles are very engaging, relatable and conversational. Hats off to Bill!
Vanessa Nakate is a Ugandan climate justice activist, born in Kampala. Her activism started in December 2018 after becoming concerned about the unusually high temperatures in her country. Most African nations heavily depend on agriculture as a form of survival. Climate change is threatening the availability of food and clean water for the communities in Africa. You may remember seeing on the news intense droughts are drying up water sources heading the nation to a point of massive food scarcity and water stress. The uneven distribution of rainfall threatens the agricultural sector, and many are left with crops destroyed by dry spells or torrential rainfall. “What makes youth activism so powerful is that young people are sure and certain about what they want. Young people are worried about their future. Climate change is a matter of life and death for young people – and we want life” Vanessa told iwforum.
“One of the biggest and most urgent problems problem we face in the Ecuadorian Amazon is the extraction of natural resources and the fossil fuel industry,” Nina explains to eco-age. “The Hakhu Project was born as a way to support indigenous youths and women in our communities. We – five indigenous youths – wanted to build the power of our communities to defend our way of life and our home against threats such as oil, gas and road development. The idea is to have a for-profit, Hakhu Amazon Design, and a non-profit, Hakhu Amazon Foundation working hand in hand for change.” She truly has defined modern women activism through a huge movement that is listed as one of the biggest issues on earth. This is a reason to why Book Pub strongly urge people to support the Indie Book Stores who promote good causes like these.
Jerome Foster II
Jerome Foster II is an American climate change activist, voting rights advocate. Foster is the executive director of OneMillionOfUs (an international youth voting and advocacy organization). When he was 16 years old, he received a text of a local tornado warning. It was the first he had ever received. He believes it can be hard to take seriously the risk of extreme weather events in a place that doesn’t experience many. “That’s really how I learned about climate change,” he tells Yes Mag. “The American education system [is over]due to start teaching the facts.”
Last summer he recorded 360-degree footage of Iceland’s melting glaciers to show people what climate change looks like on the other side of the world. Foster has also been working to educate people on climate issues in his own way, by coding virtual reality experiences that let viewers move through the plastic-filled ocean or visit an oil refinery pumping carbon dioxide into the air around it. By the year 2050, Foster will be 48 which is six years younger than his parents are now. By then, what had been called historic 100-year-floods will be annual events, according to a report last year from the United Nations. Today’s teenagers will be the adults then, stuck dealing with climate-related disasters. Foster believes that it shouldn’t be up to children alone; Everyone should be getting involved for this desperate action needed.