Lauren Groff, the acclaimed author of Fates and Furies and Florida, is determined to fight climate change, and she’s enlisting the help of artists and writers to do it.

Groff is working with Greenpeace to curate a selection of writing an art about climate change this month, she announced on Twitter.

In an essay on Greenpeace’s website, Groff writes, “Today is the first day of 2020, and this is the year that we must focus on climate change with steady hearts and calm understanding and enough courage to make real and lasting change.”

“We have asked some of the brilliant writers, artists, and thinkers we know to engage with climate change in whatever way that they could manage to do so: we are so thrilled to show you what they have came up with,” she continues. “It’s a start. Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s get going.”

Contributing to the project are authors Sjón, Min Jin Lee, Karen Russell, Nathaniel Rich, and Jamie Quatro, among others.

On Thursday, Greenpeace featured an essay by novelist Katilyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman) about her recently born daughter. “So I’ve chosen to have a baby at probably the worst point to do so in human history,” Greenidge writes. “All I can think is that I am raising her to make that community that will preserve a bit of kindness in whatever brave new world she encounters.”

And on Friday, Ada Limón contributed a poem, “Salvage,” that reads in part:

I miss who we all were, before we were this: half
alive to the brightening sky, half dead already.
I place my hand on the unscarred bark that is cool
and unsullied, and because I cannot apologize
to the tree, to my own self I say, I am sorry.
I am sorry I have been so reckless with your life.


Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas–based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.