Let me tell you about two new events that came into my life recently – both guaranteed to get one thinking: ‘what on earth is going on’?
Firstly, Bloodaxe Books’ publication of Earth Shattering: ecopoems, edited by Neil Astley.
This is a timely and wide-ranging anthology, including works by significant poets both past and present – from the wilderness poems of ancient China to contemporary Native American writing. Highly recommended.
Further details from Bloodaxe Books at www.bloodaxebooks.com.
We all know that our lives, our very existence, depends upon the balance of natural forces on Earth. Without wishing to be ‘preachy’, or scaremongering, we must also know by now that these forces are in a state of flux. It really is true: the climate is changing fast. It really is true: sea levels are reliably predicted to rise between 1 and 5 metres this century. In Britain, a rise of 5 metres would displace over 2 million people and flood 10,000 squ. km. of land.
The second event I would like to mention is Greenhouse Britain, an exhibition by the eminent ecological artists Helen Mayer-Harrison and Newton Harrison and associates – currently running at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), in Devon.
This is an important and fascinating exhibition. It runs at the CCANW until at least 23rd Dec. Elements of the exhibition and the Harrisons’ research into the effects of rising sea levels in Britain will tour various parts of the country until spring 2008. You will find full details on www.greenhousebritain.net.