World Environment Day celebrated with poetry in motion


World Environment Day celebrated with poetry in motion

World Environment Day celebrated with poetry in motion.

A short film featuring a poem by renowned environmental poet Emily Hinshelwood has been released today, June 5th, to coincide with World Environment Day.

Small Steps from Cynnal Cymru on Vimeo.

This unique project began when Emily followed the route of the Heart of Wales Line, and spoke to the people she met on the street, aged from 8 to 80 years old, asking them their thoughts on climate change. These conversations formed the basis of her poem.

Emily said: “I originally began this because I believe that by talking about climate change (however small those conversations are) we learn to express our fears and we stumble on unexpected solutions. I spoke to hundreds of people on my walk and many said they’d never had a conversation about climate change.’

Emily asked everyone she met three questions

1. What images come to mind when you think of climate change?

2. How often does climate change come up in your conversations?

3. Is there anything you (personally) can do to limit the effects of climate change?

According to Emily “Virtually everyone expressed worry at some level about it. To me that is scary: people worrying and not talking about their worries. So my intention was just to begin those conversations with every person I met as I walked through Wales and I was amazed at how well people responded”.

The short film was then commissioned by the Climate Change Commission for Wales as a visual backdrop to accompany Emily’s poem, incorporating everyday images and facts about how any individual can do their part to affect climate change.

After seeing the short film, Emily said “I’m so excited by it and especially pleased that even though I’ve finished the walk, the questions are still getting asked”.

The short film and poem will be premiered on Thursday June 5th in Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which is hosting the Climate Change Commission of Wales Meeting. Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh from the Climate Change Commission has been given a sneak preview, and had this to say.

“The poem powerfully captures the public’s experiences of changing weather patterns in Wales, their concerns about human destruction of the natural environment, and their sense of frustration about how hard it seems to be to tackle climate change. The messages in the video highlight that there is plenty that we as individuals and a nation can do – and are already doing – to tackle climate change; and that collectively these are starting to make a big impact”.

Conversations such as these are important part of the National Conversation on the Wales We Want this is the biggest conversation taking place in Wales and is your opportunity to share your views on the Wales you want for our future generations. You can join the conversation as an individual, group, community or network visit the website for more information

You can read Emily’s poem here

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