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Snapshot: “Beyond Doom and Gloom: An Exploration Through Letters”—A New Virtual Exhibition

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By Katrin Kleemann

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Collecting Letters to Those Who Insipre Hope. Photograph: Thomas Galvez, flickr.

The Environment & Society Portal has launched a new virtual exhibition, curated by Elin Kelsey. It is a collection of letters that addresses the cultural concept of “doom and gloom” with regard to the issues we are currently facing at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The concept of “doom and gloom” makes it difficult to communicate environmental science. The exhibition’s goal is to create a more hopeful narrative that focuses on solutions to these problems. In seven letters, contributors from various backgrounds explore how to overcome this negativity.

The idea behind the exhibition, however, is not to simply treat you—the reader—as a silent recipient. The Portal invites its readers to respond to the virtual exhibition. The exhibition aims to inspire readers to think about the following questions, among others: How do you feel when you think about the environment? Where do you find hope? Who do you want to receive your letter?

Share your own vision of a world “Beyond Doom and Gloom” with us. You can leave a comment at the bottom of any letter featured in the exhibition, send an email, a photo of a letter, or a photo of you and your letter, post a comment on Facebook, send a tweet with #beyonddoomandgloom, or simply a picture of something that gives you hope via instagram with #beyonddoomandgloom. Alternatively, you can also send an old-fashioned letter or a postcard. A selection of these responses will be published. We look forward to hearing from you!

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