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International Cli-Fi Day – April 20, 2023

International Cli-Fi Day is observed on April 20 every year. Cli-fi means climate change fiction. It is a genre separate from the science-fiction or speculative-fiction genre. We all know that our planet is suffering the consequences of global warming due to the release of carbon emissions. Some authors explore global climate change in their novels. There are a lot of films that deal with this topic and try to raise awareness about the dangerous consequences of climate change on our planet. It is of utmost importance that we change our current habits to sustainable practices to avoid the destruction of our species.

History of International Cli-Fi Day

Fiction teaches us about the world we live in. Human beings are not the only inhabitants of Earth. We are surrounded by ecosystems full of different forms of life: plants, animals, fungi, protists, archaea, and bacteria. These different forms of life interact with each other in perfect synchronization. Human activities interrupt this perfect interaction, which has consequences for our planet. Nowadays, the genre of climate fiction or cli-fi is emerging and teaches us about the climate change crisis that will affect our lives for as long as we inhabit Earth.

In simple words, climate fiction is stories or films that deal with climate change or stories about global warming. It is often speculative and tries to show how humanity would deal with a climate disaster in a world similar to our own or the future. Technology that has been built to combat climate change is often included. The term climate fiction is relatively new. It started gaining prominence around 2010, in light of our more recent knowledge of the seriousness of climate change. Nowadays, more and more books are surfacing about the topic.

The term ‘cli-fi’ was created by freelance writer Dan Bloom in 2011 in a press release for Jim Laughter’s “Polar City Red — a Novel” dealing with climate refugees in a future Alaska. Bloom published “The Cli-Fi Report,” an online resource serving all things climate fiction. Climate fiction highlights and intensifies the present and future risks of climate change in a way that reporting simply cannot.

International Cli-Fi Day timeline

1856
Greenhouse Effect Starts to be Studied

Eunice Foote describes recreating the greenhouse effect with glass jars.

1958
Climate Change is Mentioned in a Documentary

The first documentary to ever mention climate change is “The Unchained Goddess,” which is part of an educational film series overseen by Frank Capra.

2010
The Term Climate Fiction is Acquired

In light of our more recent knowledge of the seriousness of climate change, more and more books deal with the topic.

2011
Dan Bloom Coins the Term Cli-Fi

He coins the term in a press release for Jim Laughter’s “Polar City Red,” a novel about climate refugees in a future Alaska.

International Cli-Fi Day FAQs

Is fiction based on real events?

A novel can be based on true events, but it cannot solely be a true story. If a novel only involves true events and real people, then it becomes creative non-fiction.

What important message can we obtain from reading climate fiction?

Reading a short story about climate change increases people’s concerns about the climate.

Why is global warming a major concern for the world in the 21st century?

Global warming is one of the six global environmental concerns with population growth, air pollution, extinction of species, land degradation, and ecological balance.

How to Observe International Cli-Fi Day

  1. Watch a climate change movie

    Nowadays there are a lot of climate change movies. Some of the latest releases in the genre are “Don´t Look Up” and “Kiss The Ground.”

  2. Share a sustainable habit

    There are lots of things we can do to take care of our planet and ensure our continued existence. You can share what you do to fight pollution and global warming, for instance, by reducing the use of plastics.

  3. Read a book about climate change

    There are a lot of books to read about climate change. One good option is “The New Climate War” by Michale Mann. He explains how the fossil fuel industry has adjusted its tactics from outright climate denial to obstruction of change and shifting the burden of responsibility to individuals, thereby delaying necessary action to push for systemic changes.

5 Consequences Of Climate Change

  1. Changes in rainfall

    Due to climate change, many places have experienced changes in rainfall, the consequences of which are floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as frequent and severe heat waves.

  2. Changes in glaciers and oceans

    The planet's oceans and glaciers have also experienced changes due to climate change; oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and the sea level is rising.

  3. Impact on human health

    Climate change worsens air and water quality, increasing the spread of diseases, and altering the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

  4. Changes in coastal communities

    Climate change raises the sea level and threatens coastal communities and ecosystems.

  5. Changes in geographic ranges

    Changing ecosystems force animal species to migrate to other areas, which may lead to changes in their lifecycle.

Why International Cli-Fi Day is Important

  1. Cli-fi raises awareness about climate change

    Climate change movies raise awareness about the serious consequences that climate change has on our planet. It highlights the occurrence of natural disasters with irreversible damages.

  2. It is an opportunity to share sustainable habits

    We all need to start introducing sustainable habits to our daily life. Every small contribution counts.

  3. Cli-fi makes us think about our planet

    These films show different forms of life, ecosystems, and wildlife. This makes us realize that we are not alone on this planet.

International Cli-Fi Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 20Thursday
2024April 20Saturday
2025April 20Sunday
2026April 20Monday
2027April 20Tuesday

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