The world is on fire. Under business as usual, scientists warn that by 2050 over half of the world could face water scarcity, unsafe levels of air pollution, and increasingly unpredictable weather events.
The world is at a crossroads. If we act now, we have a unique opportunity to remake the world otherwise.
The climate crisis is global, but it was not made and will not be felt equally. Africa is the continent that has contributed least to carbon emissions. Yet it stands to be most devastatingly affected by the effects of climate change, with limited resources to cope. Today, African perspectives on just transitions to a low-carbon world have never been more important.
That’s why we have launched [email protected] We invite short stories (max 1500 words) or poems (max 1000 words) to the [email protected] Climate Fiction competition. Tell us your stories of the future:
• what is your vision for Africa in the world in 2050?
• what challenges lie ahead, what dreams and hopes?
[email protected] is a project based at the Centre for Energy Ethics (CEE) at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies (C3SS) at the University of Ghana. It is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.
Featuring an online writing competition and a climate research workshop, the initiative brings together writers with researchers to collaboratively devise future-looking and innovative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change to the African continent and to the world at large.
By foregrounding [email protected], we position Africa at the centre of global conversations and innovation and as a catalyst for climate action.
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What future do we hope for?
What future do we fear?
If you could write any world into being, what world would that be?
We want writers to become leaders in re-imagining the world otherwise. In foregrounding the importance of imagining futures, [email protected] emphasizes possibilities for positive change, hope, and determination in facing the climate emergency.
Your story should broadly and creatively engage with the issue of climate change on the African continent, including (but not restricted to):
• climate justice;
• carbon emissions, trading and capture;
• mining & rare earth minerals;
• water scarcity;
• electric transportation;
• agriculture & food security;
• extreme weather events;
1. You must be aged 18 or over, and be national or resident of any eligible sub-Saharan African countries.
2. Your entry must be previously-unpublished work.
3. Entries can be in any language, but, if not in English, must be submitted alongside a full English translation for the purpose of the competition. Only the English version will be evaluated for the competition.
You will retain copyright of the entry you submit.
By entering the competition, you agree to have the entry featured on our website.
The competition is free to enter.
Awards are cash prizes:
• £1000 (winner),
• £500 (second prize),
• £300 (third prize), and
• shortlisted entries (£100).
Winners and shortlisted applicants must be available to attend and contribute to the Climate Workshop following their award (to be held virtually on Zoom).
Submit your entry by 18 June 2021 at 23:59 Central African Time (CAT).
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