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Is English Literature relevant in a climate-ravaged world?

Is my English Literature degree relevant in a world ravaged by climate change? This question relies on whether you think art can help change the world. Many contemporary books and…

(How) are we engaging with climate change?

A 2021 survey across ten countries (involving 10 000 participants aged 16-25) led by Bath University revealed that 60 per cent of the young people approached felt worried/extremely worried about…

Meet the Cambridge Academic Jason Scott-Warren

Very few Cambridge University English professors have been tried at the Magistrates’ Court, but Jason Scott-Warren is an exception. After his actions at a 2019 Extinction Rebellion protest were judged…

Literature and its Influence on Protest

One of my English Literature role models is a Cambridge academic named Dr Jason Scott-Warren. I have met him twice (once by fluke coincidence when we happened to be interrailing…

Thoreau: A Lesson in the Effects of Climate Change

In 1845, scientist Henry David Thoreau embarked on what would be his twenty-six-month-long sojourn in a cabin near Walden Pond. Contrary to popular belief, his intention was not to isolate…

A Look into the Sustainability of the Publishing Industry

By 2025, publishing companies from Condé Nast to Oxford University Press aim to become carbon neutral, utilise 100% certified sustainable paper and reduce landfill waste to zero (OUP, 2022). Houses…

Don’t mention the climate!

At every COP meeting, the UK government has not missed the opportunity to commit to new climate targets; however, it’s actions suggest it was just for show. Since COP26, the…

There’s SNOW time to wait on climate reform

Scotland is snow-free for the 9th time in the last 300 years. Let’s say that again, Scotland is entirely, completely, snow-free for only the 9th time in the last 3…