Can fiction help save the planet?


With a spate of extreme weather events over recent months, we’re all becoming more aware of the climate crisis. However, you might not have heard of Earth Day, established in 1970 to draw attention to the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability. It’s marked each year on April 22. This year’s theme is the planet and plastic.

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Does fiction have a role in preventing environmental disaster? At first glance, it seems far less important than data and facts. Yet, if fiction can promote empathy for other people, might it not also enhance our empathy for Mother Earth?

I’ve published a couple of short stories about climate change. I thought I’d share the one most pertinent to this year’s Earth Day theme. It appeared online ten years ago, but when I first sent it out to prospective publishers a few wondered what was the point. I don’t think they’d ask that now, but you can judge for yourself by following this link:

PLASTIC BY ANNE GOODWIN