Climate change: from activism to anxiety

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 09:50

From the devastating wildfires of Australia, to the activism of Greta Thunberg and the divisive tactics of Extinction Rebellion, the topic of climate change is rarely far from the news in 2020. And so as public awareness, and indeed the threat of the impact of climate change, grow, we’re hosting a series of talks, discussions, and poetry events around the topic.

Timed to coincide with the Hayward Gallery exhibition, Among the Trees, this series features promising poets and leading voices on the future our planet faces, and what we can begin to do to make a difference.

Guppi Bola, writer and activist
Thu 19 March | Purcell Room

Resist: Decolonising Climate Conversations

Escape the despair of the current climate and ecological crises, with stories of hope from communities that have relocated to the UK. Writer and activist Guppi Bola leads a panel discussion featuring people who can offer a vision of a climate-just world through stories of their lived experience, surviving in the face of environmental adversity.

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Anna Selby, author
Wed 25 March | Hayward Gallery

National Poetry Library Lates

Celebrate Hayward Gallery’s Among the Trees exhibition, in an evening of poetry inspired by the natural world. The spring edition of our regular late-night poetry salon features poet and naturalist Anna Selby, alongside other emerging and established poets and spoken word artists performing in the relaxed and intimate space of our Hayward Gallery Cafe.

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Mon 6 April | Purcell Room

Eco-Anxiety: How to Cope with a Changing World

Eco-anxiety is a newly coined term for the anxiety that arises from feelings of hopelessness surrounding climate change. Discussing this, and how we can look to cope with a changing world are Karen Larbi – founder of POC In Nature and the Co-Founder of support group Black Woman Heal United Kingdom – and leading psychoanalytic psychotherapist Rosemary Randall. Journalist, author and executive editor of VICE UK, Zing Tsjeng (pictured) chairs the panel.

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David Wallace Wells, journalist
Wed 8 April | Queen Elizabeth Hall

David Wallace Wells: The Uninhabitable Earth

In July 2017 David Wallace-Wells published a cover story in New York magazine surveying the landscape of worst-case scenarios for global warming. The article received an instant global reaction, leading Wallace-Wells to expand on his points further with the book The Uninhabitable Earth. The author joins broadcaster Samira Ahmed to reflect on this book, and the debate about climate change it prompted. 

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Dara McAnulty
Thu 16 April | Purcell Room

House on Fire: Young People on Climate Change

Leading young voices on climate change come together to discuss the work they’re doing to raise awareness about the future of the planet. Speakers include multiple award-winning activist and writer Dara McAnulty (pictured), Action for Conservation Ambassador Yetunde Kehinde, and Anna Taylor, climate activist and co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network.

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L Kiew, poet
Wed 22 April | Hayward Gallery

Leaving the City: Poets on Trees

Hear from ten poets, including L Kiew (pictured), Mona Arshi and Seán Hewitt, as they come together in Hayward Gallery to present poems specially commissioned in response to our exhibition Among the Trees. Move through the exhibition at your own pace and hear the poems read in different locations throughout the gallery.

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Among the Trees, an exhibition that brings together artworks that explore our relationships with trees and forests, is at Hayward Gallery, 4 March – 17 May.

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