• Michael Burnett

An introduction to the 'Climate Tapestry' blog series

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

Make no mistake – the climate crisis is unfolding in a million different places, in a million

different ways, across the planet. Some stories are nation-sized; others are community, or even family-sized. All are connected, and all are important.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have watched footage of the wildfires in the U.S. and the Arctic Circle with your heart in your mouth, fearful of what the future holds. You’ll be concerned about the mass coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef and the flash floods across Bangladesh. You’ll almost certainly have followed the devastation caused by Hurricane Idai, and are outraged by footage of Indian rivers flowing with so much plastic you can’t even see the water beneath. The media hasn’t done a bad job of raising awareness of the climate crisis, although with limited space, they do tend to focus on the bigger climate events.

But there are so many more stories. The smaller, more remote, and less photo-ready ones tend to get less airtime, or even none at all. These gaps in the narratives, which result in an image of the climate crisis which doesn’t fully reflect reality, are what inspired me to start my ‘Climate Tapestry’ blog series. Each one of these millions of stories are connected, because we are all part of, and rely on, a massive interconnected system – our planet Earth. A tragedy in even the remotest place is a tragedy for all of us, and a story that needs telling.

By raising awareness of the smaller, less televised – but nonetheless important – climate tragedies, I want to help paint a more complete picture of what’s happening to our planet, and to the people and animals that live upon it.

Our world is a vast tapestry: one whose threads are coming loose in a million places. If we’re ever going to face up to the challenges that lie ahead, we’re going to have to start telling the right stories.


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