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„Disability & Climate: In conversation with…”: Polly Atkin

11. Jan­u­ar 2024 

Third Ses­sion of „Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…”

„Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…” Dr Pol­ly Atkin
Thurs­day 11th Jan­u­ary 2024
2–3.30pm GMT

In Sep­tem­ber 2023, the Euro­pean Cen­tre for Envi­ron­ment and Human Health/University of Exeter start­ed a new online „Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…” series for peo­ple that are inter­est­ed in reflect­ing on and/or shar­ing expe­ri­ences around dis­abil­i­ty and the cli­mate cri­sis. This is part of a new project on dis­abil­i­ty-inclu­sive cli­mate action led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Exeter. The project web­site, „Sens­ing Cli­mate”, is com­ing soon but in the mean­time, you can read a lit­tle more about it online.

Dr Pol­ly Atkin is a poet and non­fic­tion writer. In 2019 she co-found­ed the Open Moun­tain ini­tia­tive at Kendal Moun­tain Fes­ti­val, which seeks to recen­tre voic­es cur­rent­ly at the mar­gins of out­door, moun­tain and nature writ­ing. In her lat­est mem­oir, „Some Of Us Just Fall: On Nature and Not Get­ting Bet­ter”, Pol­ly explores place, belong­ing and dis­abil­i­ty. She writes: “We don’t become vul­ner­a­ble in a vac­u­um. The pan­dem­ic has shift­ed my under­stand­ing of the rela­tion­ship between my body and the rest of the world so much that I find it hard to remem­ber how it was before. I have always known I was vul­ner­a­ble, but I had not before felt vul­ner­a­b­lised in the way I have done these last few years. Nev­er before have I felt so much like prey”. In this ses­sion, Pol­ly will reflect on the risks of con­tin­u­ing this vul­ner­a­bil­i­sa­tion of dis­abled peo­ple in dom­i­nant respons­es to the cli­mate cri­sis and the impor­tance of involv­ing dis­abled peo­ple in every stage of cli­mate discussions. 

If you would like to find out more and/or sign up for this sec­ond ses­sion, please com­plete this online form If, for any rea­son, the form is inac­ces­si­ble for you, please do email Sarah ( to share your inter­ests in join­ing instead.