Building our Climate Futures Through Storytelling (Pt. 2), w/Kendra Pierre-Louis and Mary Heglar

77 minutes

In the finale to our season on climate data, we continue our exploration of storytelling as a way to imagine and build climate futures. Jacquelyn and Ramesh first speak with climate reporter and podcaster Kendra Pierre-Louis about science fiction, representation, and her own shift from writing apocalyptic stories to working on the solutions-focused podcast How to Save a Podcast. Next, they speak with Mary Heglar, co-creator and co-host of the Hot Take newsletter and podcast (along with Amy Westervelt), about the authors and works that influenced how she saw her role in a warming world, including Octavia Butler, James Baldwin, and more, as well as the importance of grappling with climate grief and the historical injustices that have given rise to the consequences of climate change, both now and in the future.

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Kendra Pierre-Louis

Her personal website:

Follower Kendra on Twitter:

A republished version of her essay about Wakanda and climate change:

All We Can Save:

Subscribe to How to Save a Planet:

Mary Heglar

Follow Mary on Twitter:

Listen to Hot Take and subscribe to their newsletter:

Climate Change Isn’t the First Existential Threat

Feel Something, Learn Something, Do Something: A Care Package for Climate Grief

Climate and the Personal Essay — A Reading List

The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault:

Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower:

Official website of the Octavia Butler Estate:

The Octavia Butler Legacy Network:

The Expanse & Climate Change

The Day After Tomorrow & Climate Awareness

Katharine Hayhoe: the most important thing we can do about climate change is talk about it:

Eric Holthaus: On Being a Climate Person:

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