How Stories and Sagas Create Agency for the Climate Crises
Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. His Sea Sagas of the North takes the North Sea and eastern North Atlantic as its palette and tells tales of ecological and cultural change in countries looking inward to the sandy shallow sea.
A burnished ancient skipper of the drifters and trawlers leant across the café table overlooking the long-abandoned site of a beach fishing village, and said, ‘You know, we were more tolerant and kinder in those days, when we had the fishing. We went to other ports and places and came back with stories and gifts.’
An Icelandic author, Andri Snær Magnason, wrote a lament to the disappearance of their first glacier, saying, ‘How do you say goodbye to a glacier?’
It is a common feeling for people, these days, to feel anxiety and fear, helplessness too, in the face of global-wide crises. Yet stories can create agency, can be like tricksters of old who set us on the path through the dark forest. A very simple solution exists: leave all fossil fuels in the ground. Yet implementation seems impossible. This talk and conversation is about hope and heroic journeys. It about acting and inspiring. It is about the options available to all of us for a low-carbon good life.
BOOKING LINK: trybooking.co.uk/BZKT
Friday 24 February 2023 at 7.30pm for 8pm start
Lansdown Hall, Stroud, GL5 1BB