Climate Matters


Climate Matters, the thirteenth volume of Riptide has been produced in collaboration with Culture Matters, a co-operative of writers and activists who bring politics and the arts together.  The burning issue of our time – the climate crisis – is the central theme of this collection of short stories, poetry, images and science writing.  Many of the contributors ponder the links between our relentless drive to consume, our disrespect for the natural world and its disastrous effect on the climate and the survival of humanity.  In a range of ways they question the role that capitalism plays and the need for a redefinition of what constitutes a good life. Covid’s appearance during the selection process means the pandemic and issues of health – both individual and planetary – play their part in the whole.

Product Description

The collection features contributions from all corners of the United Kingdom and from around the globe including Pakistan, Nigeria and New Zealand, reflecting the global nature of the concerns it addresses and the necessity of a global response. At the same time this collection is an emanation of Exeter with many Exeter-based artists and scientists represented herein as befits Exeter’s recently conferred UNESCO city of literature status.

Through words, metaphors, images and scientific argument, this collection brings to life the nature of the cliff edge on which we teeter. It is the clamour of clear, resounding voices calling from that cliff top, saying that we need to act now and act fast, because our survival depends on it.

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