Twenty years ago, climate change seemed the least of our worries as a species. A far off issue we would only need to tackle once we “fixed” everything else going on in the world.
Cut to today, and it’s becoming more and more obvious that we need to do something to reverse the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change.
Every day we’re seeing a vast increase in articles about climate change, an emergence of activists such as Greta Thunberg and groups like Extinction Rebellion, and we’re even holding global walkouts in aid of the cause such as Global Climate Strike (the Liverpool event can be found here). There’s also a huge emphasis on getting younger people involved in the fight against climate change.
“A new metaphor is as useful in the climate fight as a new solar panel design. We need poets engaged in this battle, and this volume is proof that in fact they’re in the vanguard!”
– Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the anti-carbon campaign group 350.org
“Planet in Peril” is an anthology that accompanies the debate around climate change in a way that includes younger people in schools. Combining art, poetry and research, the book aims to raise awareness by bringing you imagery from the front lines, where climate change can be seen the most around the world.
Shown in five parts, the anthology highlights ecosystems around the globe and the effect that global warming has there.
Planet in Peril comes from a pairing between Fly on the Wall Press, WWF, Dr Michelle Cain (Oxford University), former wildlife photographer Emily Gellard, former Poet Laureate Helen Mort and The Climate Coalition in order to bring attention to the detrimental changes to our planet that are happening right now. It also gives voices to those who are under 18, much like Greta Thunberg, who want to tackle climate change and challenge the people in power to do something about our current climate and position on global change.
Further details and details of how to purchase the anthology can be found at
www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk. Workshop enquiries should be addressed to