Levels of engagement in recent climate activism and climate crisis narratives
The interdisciplinary field of climate change research has long established that personal, individual lifestyle changes will have no significant impact on carbon emissions that are driven primarily by industries and the governmental deregulation and protection of those industries. Yet much of the recent literature prepared by the international Bahá’í community focuses on principles of the individual and collaborative efforts of communities as the places where meaningful progress can be made to combat climate change.
- In what ways have writers changed their focus in climate crisis narratives in the 21st century?
- What is the level of activism and reform that recent Bahá’í initiatives indicate for the climate crisis?
- What do the Bahá’í Writings say about climate change and how does that fit within 20th and 21st century literary and cultural studies?
- How are climate change and the climate crisis addressed in current scholarship in the humanities?
Justice Hagan is a lecturer in the English department at Marquette University and a faculty member in the English Language Studies Department at the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education. His areas of research and teaching are 20th- and 21st-century literary and cultural studies, and his latest projects focus on forced migrant literature, adoption studies, and science fiction.
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