Episode 22: Claire Vaye Watkins and Climate Storytelling

Claire Vaye Watkins Gold Fame Citrus

Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below.

Claire Vaye Watkins, author of the cli-fi novel Gold Fame Citrus, is Peterson Toscano’s guest on this month’s podcast. Claire talks about her book and the importance of storytelling in this time of climate change. With her writing and imagination, she allows herself to go to places many climate advocates avoid. In doing so, she raises important questions about our work and this critical time in history. Wise, insightful, and witty, hearing this interview will help you hone your own skills as a storyteller.



Art House

This month, Claire Vaye Watkins is both our main guest and our Art House guest. Stay tuned for upcoming Art House episodes featuring artist, Fritz Horseman, and climate change-themed band, Hayride Casualties.


We share multiple responses to January’s puzzler, which was really an accusation: What are you actually doing to address climate change? What does an climate advocate say when someone dismisses you as a hypocrite?

This month’s puzzler question wrestles with the question of climate solutions. Imagine that on Facebook, you encourage people to engage in climate action and join your group. A friend of yours, let’s call her Samantha, comments, “That’s very noble of you, but really the only solution is going to be a technical one. It’s gone too far, and they are going to have to geoengineer a solution. Don’t stress about it. They are working on a fix somewhere.”

What do you say to Samantha who believes geoengineering will solve all of our climate woes, and we should just live our lives until the patch is available?

Send in your answers by April 15, 2018 along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio (at) citizensclimate.org or leave a voice memo of 3 minutes or less at 570-483-8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

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