11. Januar 2024
Third Session of „Disability & Climate: In conversation with…”
„Disability & Climate: In conversation with…” Dr Polly Atkin
Thursday 11th January 2024
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 (Sarah.Bell@exeter.ac.uk) to share your interests in joining instead.