A note from the curator

With record-breaking wildfires raging in California, Greece, Turkey and Siberia, and the new UN Climate Report released Monday, climate change is top of mind. How can we respond? What can we do? Can anything be done at all, or is it too late?

Disaster narratives have a way of grabbing us, Andrew O'Connell suggests in an article below, because "we love the deep examination of moral choices they often offer." It's one thing, though, to tell the story of a Chernobyl disaster, or a global pandemic like in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" - the ticking time bomb is loud and clear.

But climate change is a more diffuse disaster, its flares pinned on an uncertain timeline, the most urgent effects often felt far, far away from us who read (or write) newsletters like this.

What can we learn from disaster storytelling to tell about climate change in ways that compel us into action?

Rob from Story.org

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