- Microclimate describes the climate of a very restricted area, particularly if that area possesses a climate that is different or unique in comparison to its surroundings. These can be subtle differences, but they can also be extreme.
Told in 150 words or less, these Micro-Climate stories voice our relationship to the Earth, the climate emergency, and the ways in which we grapple with a changing world on a human or local scale. Imagined by noted writers and scientists, all members of the University of Guelph community, these micro-climates offer charged glimpses into altered and transformative worlds.
Discover tiny stories, poems, and essays from acclaimed writers Catherine Bush, Dr. Karen Houle, Liz Howard, Carrianne Leung, Canisia Lubrin, Kathryn Mockler, Tyler Pennock, Erin Robinsong, Sheung-King, among others, and renowned environmental scientists Dr. Madhur Anand, Dr. Ze’ev Gedalof, Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs, Dr. Jana Levison, Dr. Alex Smith and more. This ongoing series of powerful individual responses to our global crisis expands our understanding of the human connection to our natural world and how imaginative attention can transform us.
You don’t have to be a scientific expert or a famous author, we want to hear from you! Micro-Climate stories are open to the public. Click here to submit your own Micro-Climate story to Imagining Climates.
Read about the inspiration for these Micro-Climate stories from ecologist and visual artist Liane Miedema Brown. She also created the images accompanying these Micro-Climate stories below.
Banner photo credit: Alicia Barbieri, Farmer’s Market Petals, 2020.