Allison Carruth, professor of American studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, will present “‘The Science Is Clear’ — Why the Climate Crisis Needs New Narratives” for the third talk in our spring 2022 HMEI Faculty Seminar Series.
Carruth will discuss how appeals to both big data and apocalyptic alarm define the most widely circulated environmental stories. While powerful for some groups, these appeals do not speak to the increasingly unequal impacts of global warming. Carruth will make a case for narratives that include localized and lived accounts of climate disaster while envisioning futures beyond catastrophe. She will focus on a set of environmental art and media projects about American coastlines that cast neighborhood-level experiences of the climate crisis — and the actions to address them — as inseparable from social inequality.