Do you wonder how our conduct on earth will define our future here? As writers, we have the power to imagine consequences and write them into compelling stories that can bring deeply felt perspectives and change minds.
CliFi is a literary genre dedicated to doing just that.
In order for the worlds we create in CliFi to be convincing we must know what they could reasonably look like. Research is essential, and resources abound. Check out the Special Exhibits at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and think about writing your own CliFi short story, using the seeds of consequences described below, title it Final Flight:
photo: Mark Roberts U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
“Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, a species that once filled North America’s skies by the billions. In this small exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, see one of the world’s last mounted specimens of this now vanquished bird and learn how its extinction inspired the protection of other species.” Harvard Museum of Natural History
“Climate Change, Our Global Experiment” is an ongoing exhibit “Developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment…will help you separate truth from spin and provide a basis for making informed decisions affecting the future of our planet. The exhibit offers an insider’s look at the scientific study of climate, presenting the latest research from renowned experts at Harvard and around the world. Get the facts, draw your own conclusions, then take part in a unique computer simulation that allows you to choose a course of action and see the consequences for the planet.” Harvard Museum of Natural History