Green Tease: Reimagining climate resilience through ecopoetics

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


The climate crisis is asking artists, activists and policymakers to reassess how they engage with audiences: “Every crisis is in part a storytelling crisis,” as the writer Rebecca Solnit recently reminded us.

This Green Tease event invites a discussion on the importance of experimental environmental storytelling and ecopoetic practices that can help build climate resilience. Together, we explore how ecopoets are creating innovative and immersive storytelling that push audiences to reflect and react to ecological issues by transforming our ways of thinking and living.

Ecopoetics is not limited to the written word, embracing performance, visual arts, and digital media. It is poetry of ecology and thinking with ecology. At once creative and critical practice. As activists and scientists continue to highlight human and non-human problems around resource extraction, climate resilience and environmental justice, ecopoetic storytellers can show us how our experience of art is itself also about energy, managing resources, building resilience and ethical responsibility.

Bringing together poets, artists and researchers, this Green Tease will provide an interactive and inclusive space for discussion and creative expression on how we might use ecopoetics to cultivate everyday resilience in the face of climate crisis.

This event is created in collaboration between Martin Schauss, a researcher in literature and ecology, at the University of Edinburgh, and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network that supports community-led action in Scotland to address the climate and nature emergency.

On the day the Lighthouse bookshop will have a bookstall where they will be selling books within the theme of ecopoetics and environmental storytelling.
Period31 May 2023
Event typeSymposium
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map