Read “The Gathering Silence” in Anthroposphere

Why is climate change so hard to write about?

Half a century ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring catalyzed the budding environmental movement. Since then, most environmental communicators, particularly those dealing with climate change, have followed the rhetorical model of Silent Spring. 

But Silent Spring is a terrible model for talking about climate change. In my essay for Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, I explain why that is—and what might be necessary to change the way we talk about climate change.

Available in print for purchase on Anthroposphere’s web site, and available online (for free) soon.

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Cover of Anthroposphere, Fall 2018 Issue. Courtesy Oxford Climate Society.

Many thanks to the editors from The Oxford Climate Society at Oxford University for making this article possible.

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Read Tortoise’s 2017 Issue Now

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Image Courtesy Princeton University Writing Program.

The 2017 issue of ‘Tortoise: A Journal of Writing Pedagogy’ is now online and available. The theme this year is ‘Risk-taking in academic writing.’ Over the past year, my staff reviewed more than 87 academic papers, and we selected 15 for publication, with topics ranging from The Great British Bake Off, to Assassin’s Creed, to the refugee crisis. The issue also includes essays by our staff reflecting on their own writing processes. This publication strives to achieve what few other journals have attempted–to better understand the academic writing process and help provide examples of strong academic writing to students as a novel educational tool.

Read the issue here: https://tortoise.princeton.edu/archive/spring-2017/