Was Shakespeare A Conservationist?

The ideas of conservation and environmental considerations had not yet been dreamt of in Shakespeare’s time. Yet his Sonnet Number IV already, in those times recognizes that Nature’s gifts should be used wisely, not wasted but preserved to benefit future generations. Here is the sonnet:   Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend Upon thy self …

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Cultural Response To Climate Change – David Buckland and Cape Farewell

The creation, expansion and success of Cape Farewell maybe represents the most ambitious, most far-sighted and most successful effort to date to place the arts front and center in the debate about climate change.  Created by David Buckland in 2001, Cape Farewell brings together artists, scientists, educators and the media in a series of expeditions …

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Lemn Sissay at the Royal Academy in London

Lemn Sissay’s performance video of his poem WHAT IF? was, for me, one of the highlights of the Royal Academy’s current exhibit entitled EARTH – Art of a Changing World. The exhibit “sets out to consider the impact of climate change, and our transition to a new world, on the practice of a broad range …

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Long Live This Wounded Planet

Poetry as a literary art form is once again gaining popularity.  There is no shortage of poems addressing nature and Man’s interaction with it. I find this piece by Adrian Mitchell inspiring: William Blake says: Everything that Lives is Holy Long live the Child Long live the Mother and Father Long live the People Long …

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