Urban warming

21 Jan

We devote time during English class to engage with environment and discuss sustainability.  Sometimes we do this through poetry, and at others times it is through non-fiction sources such as documentaries.  However, we don’t seem to give a lot of critical attention to how the urban environment is metaphorically heating up and setting a course towards destruction.

One text that does raise this issue is ‘Urban Warming‘ by Truth Thomas.  This text explores how the way we live in urban areas is impacting our health and environment.  While this poem may not be acceptable at all school settings, merely positing the notion that global warming might have an urban equivalent could provoke some interesting discussion in classes.  Perhaps students could even work towards creating their own poems or short stories about urban warming.


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