Author Lauren James has established The Climate Fiction Writers League, a group of over 50 international published authors writing about climate change.
Launching ahead of James' upcoming climate-change thriller Green Rising (Walker Books, September 2021), the league's website is intended to act as a comprehensive resource for climate fiction that teachers and librarians can use to help teach students about climate change and inspire action.
A fortnightly newsletter will feature essays about climate activism, interviews with authors about new releases, and a round-up of climate news. The first will be sent out this week with an essay by Marcus Sedgwick and an interview with Cara Hoffman, with future topics to include "How to Build a Solarpunk City", "Connecting with Nature and Rewilding", "Antarctica and Environmentalism in Fiction" and "Queer People after the Apocalypse".
In addition to James and Sedgwick, members include Sarah Crossan, Rebecca Roanhorse, Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Laura Lam, James Bradley, S J Morden, Emmi Itäranta, Piers Torday and Julie Bertagna. Members are based all over the world.
James said: "We are a group of authors who believe in the necessity of climate action, immediately and absolutely. Fiction is one of the best ways to inspire passion, empathy and action in readers. Our works raise awareness of climate change, and encourage action at the individual, corporate and government levels."