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Sheep and poetry in a heating world
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In the last chapter attention is turned to the pressing environmental problems of our age. During the writing of this book, warnings about the climate and biodiversity emergencies have become markedly more strident. Although the science is now warning how close we are to the tipping point where life would not be sustainable for humans and most other species, we have had plenty of previous warnings over the last sixty years. The work of Cape Farewell that brings together scientists and creatives to work together on issues relating to climate change, particularly by taking them on expeditions to the Arctic, is introduced. The response by poets including Nick Drake and Helen Mort, as well as artist Anne Campbell, are discussed. There are no sheep in these outputs, but as ruminants that belch methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, these animals are very much present in all discussions of a heating world. It seems inevitable that both poets and shepherds will have to change how they see the world in the face of impending climate disaster.

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Writing on sheep

Ecology, the animal turn and sheep in poetry


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