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Poets working with CAT to communicate zero carbon solutions

Poets working with CAT to communicate zero carbon solutions

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Poets from Aberystwyth University will be working with CAT to produce poetry that explores the issues of climate change, nature and sustainability.

Members of the departments of Welsh and Celtic Studies, English and Creative Writing, and Geography and Earth Sciences will be working with our Zero Carbon Britain team to compose poems that address climate solutions and the challenges we face in tackling climate change. The poets will use our Zero Carbon Britain research, practice and training for inspiration and to help them communicate issues around the climate emergency.

The poems will be in both Welsh and English, and will be displayed at our eco centre for visitors to read, before being exhibited at Aberystwyth University.

Dr Anna Bullen from our Zero Carbon Britain team, said:  “Our mission at CAT is to inspire, inform and enable humanity to respond to the climate and biodiversity emergency. Gaining new insight into the challenges and the potential for using creative practice as part of the zero carbon dialogue will inform our efforts to effectively communicate environmental solutions to the wider public.”

Professor Matthew Jarvis from the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University said:  “Through training, lectures, and dialogue with staff at the Centre for Alternative Technology, we’ll study practical responses to a sustainable future through issues such as biodiversity, renewables, and sustainable building; we’ll learn about the significance of net zero goals to planning environmental solutions to the climate crisis; and we’ll consider what a zero-carbon life would be like.

“We’ll  then deploy this knowledge to produce poetry which explores the issues involved and which hopefully sparks a wider understanding of the concept of zero carbon for readers.”

The poets collaborating on the project are Professor Mererid Hopwood and Eurig Salisbury from the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies, Professor Matthew Jarvis and Dr Gavin Goodwin from the Department of English and Creative Writing, and Dr Hywel Griffiths from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

The Natural Environment Research Council have allocated funding to Aberystwyth University through their Discipline Hopping for Environmental Solutions fund, and this will support the project. This funding supports academics and researchers to work across disciplinary boundaries and, in doing so, to develop an understanding of different research perspectives and methodologies that could be used to address environmental challenges.


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