Stories for Earth is a climate change podcast. Created by Forrest Brown, Stories for Earth seeks to foster hope and emotional resilience by discussing cultural narratives that contain parallels and takeaways to our current predicament. Cultural narratives provide stories for our past, present, and future, and Stories for Earth critically engages with these narratives through all mediums.
Stories are the lens through which we view the world. We humans use stories to make sense of life, process hard-to-understand events and processes, and to forge our identities, among other reasons. Stories have helped us overcome countless struggles in the past, so we believe stories have a big role to play in helping us defeat the climate crisis.
Stories for Earth is written and produced in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America, land that was taken from Native Americans by European colonists. According to nativehistoryassociation.org, many different people groups lived and hunted here, including the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek tribes. The Shawnee people are also known to have hunted in Middle Tennessee. The United States later committed genocide against the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Ponca peoples during the Trail of Tears under the direction of Andrew Jackson, a former US senator from Tennessee and the seventh president of the United States.
Diversity statement and acknowledgement of environmental injustice
We are committed to examining stories from a wide variety of backgrounds, especially stories from historically oppressed and marginalized communities and from people who are regularly excluded from the climate conversation. We recognize that these people, especially people of color, have had the least impact on the environment, yet they suffer the most from environmental destruction now and stand to suffer a great deal more in the future.
A letter from Forrest Brown
My name is Forrest Brown, and I founded Stories for Earth in the summer of 2019. As a writer and lifelong lover of stories, I never suspected my two biggest interests might have something to do with fighting climate change. That is, until one day when I came across an article about an interesting class at the University of Washington Bothell.
This class, taught by senior lecturer Jennifer Atkinson, sought to help students struggling with the emotional effects of climate change, specifically with the feelings of hopelessness and despair associated with climate grief. Atkinson is a professor of environmental humanities and American literature, so naturally she chose to do this by examining climate change through what she knows best: literature.
After I read this, something clicked. Of course literature can help us face climate change, I thought. Literature and stories in general have helped humanity overcome countless struggles throughout the course of our history—why can’t they help us overcome climate change too?
Stories for Earth is my personal realization of that idea. I want to read books, watch movies, and engage with stories through any other medium out there that can better prepare me to fight climate change in my own way without losing my mind.
This podcast is my way of sharing what I learn with you, the listener, and I hope you’ll follow along. If anything you hear sticks or helps you in some way, consider sharing it with a friend who might also benefit from it. We must take care of each other.
Thank you for listening.