Hope or Despair: tales of the environment

Fires, floods, and earthquakes have all made an appearance in 2021, reminding us just how fragile humans are in the face of the awe-inspiring, and often destructive, power of the environment. Protests for climate justice continue across the globe and we are faced with our "best, last chance" to get global warming under control.

Will wind and solar win out over fossil fuels? Will we renew more than we destroy? Scientists, politicians, journalists, and activists have all contributed their stories to this climate debate. But are the tales we tell ourselves ones of hope? Or despair?

This creative project invites you to cast your vote by submitting your 'tale of the environment'. Record and upload a 3-5 minute audio story. All genres and styles are welcome but the work must be your own original content (no recitations/readings).

Tell us your story

"Action is the antidote," says Heath Greville, a 67 year-old Extinction Rebellion activist from WA.

GreenPeace East Asia Campaigner Junyan Liu has seen the devastating effects of climate change first hand in Yunnan Province, China.

10 year-old Spencer from Noosa is fighting to save threatened Glossy Black Cockatoo habitat from a development.  Read more about Spencer's campaign in The Citizen.

Alana Mountain was moved to become a forest activist after witnessing clearfell logging in Victoria.

Melburnian Scott found hope in gardening during the city's long lockdown.

Being Human 2021

This project was produced in collaboration with the 2021 Being Human Festival. Founded in the UK as the only national festival of the humanities, Being Human is now a global celebration dedicated to demonstrating the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities.

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