Whilst thinking about and creating ‘And The World Changed’ [ATWC], I have frequently returned to the Romantics and their nature-inspired poetry, the industrial revolution and the significant changes that society underwent at that time. I have been considering how globalisation, the climate crisis and the pandemic have produced a comparative, cultural-social ‘moment’ here for us in the 21st century. This article by Catherine Peck considers how the Romantic poets were predominantly ‘nature poets’ and provides a helpful overview of some of the main poets of that era: Nature and the Romantic Poet – Arts and culture (brighton.ac.uk)
Have a look at these nine wonderful, original poems on climate change published in 2015. This pdf of poetry includes poems by John Agard, Grace Nichols, Tom Chivers and George The Poet amongst others – click here for the pdf: climate-change-poetry-anthology.pdf (thersa.org)
Grace Nichols writes of the Atlantic sea and opines:
But Atlantic is far out,
beach deserted in the mid-day sun
except for the lone wave of rubbish –
old car tyres, plastic bottles,
styrofoam cups –
rightly tossed back
by an ocean’s moodswings.
How to talk to others about climate change?
‘If we can’t even talk about climate change, we certainly will never be able to fix it.’
Dr. James McClintock, Professor of Polar and Marine Biology, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. See: How to Have a Connected Conversation About Climate Change (nature.org)
This is a lovely children’s poetry book All the Wild Wonders: poems of our Earth reviewed here by the Guardian and includes the colourful illustrations of Piet Grobler: Poems of our Earth – in pictures | Children’s books | The Guardian
And a kids’ book review of Old Enough To Save The World (2020): Kids’ Book Review: Review: Old Enough to Save the Planet (kids-bookreview.com)
How we can all help: