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Nancy Campbell's story

Updated Wednesday, 24th February 2010

Explore the personal side of climate change with Nancy Campbell's diary entry.

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Name: Nancy Campbell
Role: Poet

What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?

I have always been concerned about the human impact on the environment. I grew up in a remote area of the Scottish Borders and landscapes are important to me. I joined the World Wildlife Fund when I was still in primary school; even then I was actively involved in campaigning and raising awareness.

What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?

I am writer-in-residence at Upernavik Museum, Greenland. Upernavik is a small island within the Arctic Circle, which is already visibly suffering the consequences of climate change. I am writing a series of poems that bear witness to the environmental transience of the region. I also publish regular features describing my experience of the Arctic landscape and culture at On my return to the UK I will be offering workshops on literature and ecology in London (this project is supported by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England).

What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?

Next year I will be working on 'A.E.I.', a project that highlights the affinity of the endangered Kallilusit (Greenlandic) language with the fragile Arctic ecosystem, and celebrates its inventive and perceptive vocabulary. This will take the form of an artist's alphabet book, which I will print letterpress in Brooklyn, New York.

I hope that I can continue to improve the sustainability of my life over the next decade, and that my work will remain engaged with environmental themes.

How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?

I believe that by 2020 humanity will have become more aware of the catastrophic consequences of climate change, and I hope progress will have been made in changing behavioural patterns to minimise further damage. However as time passes, the increased impact of climate change on societies and ecosystems around the world will be evident, and the situation facing humanity will be a very difficult one.

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