Over the course of the past few months, a small group of climate-interested Uppsala residents have been gathering to discuss climate fiction. The group was initiated by the Zennström Climate Change Leadership professor in order to explore how we might rethink, re-relate to, and reimagine our experiences of climate change in more creative forums. In our most recent meet up, we were tasked with bringing poems, short texts, and songs that reminded us of winter. Below are two poems written by Carolina from sparklets selected from 9 of these pieces. We realised, as Carolina read them out to us, that the meanings and tempos drastically change from the different orders through which they can be read.
It is December and nobody asked if I was ready I just want somebody to hold me through the night Aflame among the rest When your cheeks are wet from weeping on your own Stuck in a frozen state of shame My soul instantly ignores what was there before Perhaps the future is a tiny flame Ring, happy bells, across the snow There were no reindeer, but there were cats
There were no reindeer, but there were cats Ring, happy bells, across the snow Perhaps the future is a tiny flame My soul instantly ignores what was there before Stuck in a frozen state of shame When your cheeks are wet from weeping on your own Aflame among the rest I just want somebody to hold me through the night It is December and nobody asked if I was ready
These sparklets were taken from the following texts: A child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas; Ring Out, Wild Bells, Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Winter Without You, Sarah Kay; The Cold Swedish Winter, Jens Lekman; Green and Red, Oisin Challoner; En Liten Konstnär, Nils Ferlin (translated by Urban); Gässen Flytta, Dan Andersson (translated by Urban); Untitled, Jakob Willerström
This week, Martin and Aaron travelled to Umeå to present several lectures on carbon budgets and meet with local government representatives and civil society groups.
Earlier this year, Fridays for Future Umeå approached the Climate Change Leadership Node requesting a carbon budget for their municipality. Until then, it had only been municipalities, regions and county boards that had commissioned a carbon budget from CCL.
Within 10 days the civil society grouped had fundraised enough money for the carbon budget which was delivered earlier this year.
On Monday Martin and Aaron lectured at various locations in the city. This culminated in a public lecture in the evening at Umeå University which was attended by over 200 members of the public.
Our most important recommendation from the presentations and associated carbon budgets is that governing bodies consider the cumulative effect of carbon dioxide emissions, pursue science-based targets and set goals accordingly.
Hello and welcome to the new Climate Change Leadership web page!
Here you will find exciting events, cutting-edge research and platforms for you to become a climate change leader yourself!
Founded in 2015, The Climate Change Leadership Node is an interdisciplinary research project linked to the Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership. With a 10-year series of visiting professorships, Zennström Philanthropies and Uppsala University are enabling the development of an environment that will directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity, develop novel solutions, and enable transformative change in the nexus of science, policy and innovation. The professors will in distinct but mutually reinforcing ways, inspire new research and education and catalyze the much needed action toward a more sustainable future. The first three Zennström professors are Doreen Stabinsky (2015-2016), Kevin Anderson (2016-2018) and Keri Facer (2019 – )
Keri, the current professor, is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, School of Education. She works on rethinking the relationship between formal educational institutions and wider society and is particularly concerned with the sorts of knowledge that may be needed to address contemporary environmental, economic, social and technological changes.
Our past professors, Kevin Anderson and Doreen Stabinsky have left lasting legacies at Uppsala University. For example, Doreen started a student delegation at the University to attend the UNFCCC’s Climate Summits, whilst Kevin started a project on calculating carbon budgets for Swedish municipalities and counties.
We are always keen to meet new partners who are working in climate change and related fields. Please enjoy our new website and don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.