Experiencing Tomorrow: The Importance of Immersive Arts for Climate Science Communication


In this article, Gebhardt Fearns explores the role the arts can play in overcoming some of the cognitive barriers that prevent people from taking action on climate change with the urgency that is appropriate to the scale of the risks it poses. Focusing on the installation “Singing Sentinels,” she shows how an immersive, embodied, interactive experience of the effects of a changing climate can engage people’s emotions. By adopting similar tactics, scientists and climate communicators could seek to make the abstract immediate, and perhaps connect with people on a deeper emotional level than through factual communication alone.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/8856