Photo of a building with solar panels and a lake at the Nature Reserve

Nature, environment and climate change

Events looking at how the humanities can help us understand our relationships with the environment, and the impact of climate change on being human. 

Nature, environment and climate change

We believe that the arts and humanities are vital in helping us to understand our relationship with our environment, and to navigate the climate crisis.

Festival Director, Professor Sarah Churchwell, said: "As COP26 dominates the news agenda, humanities research helps us understand how climate change is shaping what it means to be human today, and helps equip us with the tools we need to weather this crisis in every sense, from asking questions about the relationship between humanity and nature, to the ways in which history and politics have shaped the crisis, and literature and film respond to it."

Take a look at some of the events at this year's festival which explore some of these ideas.