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Climate change, media, culture and the arts

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Volume 18, Issue 2

October, 2012

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Craddock, Patrick (2012). Climate change, media, culture and the arts. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(2): 190-192. Review of Dreadlocks: Oceans, Islands and Skies, edited by Mohit Prasad. Suva: Pacific Writing Forum, University of the South Pacific; Auckland: Pacific Media Centre. Vol 6/7, 2010/11. 363pp. ISBN 9781927184028
Author(s): Patrick Craddock
Publication date: 
October, 2012

I approached this special edition of Dreadlocks with caution and apprehension. I saw two interpretations for the title: did it mean embracing science with creative political decisions for change, or did it mean using creativity through the arts as a symbol for approaching climate change? There is little hard science in these published papers, although there is a view from Richard Dawkins that makes an iconic appearance in a paper by Briar Wood from London Metropolitan University. This emphasises the Dawkins view that scientists must reach out to ‘…for want of a better word, poets’ and that there is a mismatch between science and the metaphorical language used to describe the real world. Improving communication and understanding is a good point to make, although where does climate science meet the arts?