It’s all over the news: the environment is the new pet of popular culture. Climate change, once considered a controversial theory, has become a defining issue of our era. For the first time ever, the public is citing environmental quality as a top tier political issue. Designer canvas grocery bags are selling for fifty dollars apiece, and trash has become art. The buzz among the hip is that Green is the new Black.
At the same time, the pioneers of the green movement are heading towards retirement, passing their legacies of advocacy, conservation, research, and education to a generation born in a digital world. Novel applications of molecular genetics have altered our understanding of life, its origins, and its lineages. Complex systems theory has transformed our perception of how species develop and ecosystems function.
As threats to the environment ascend in our psyche, and as technological insights radicalize our view of nature, are we engaged in a revolution with our relationship to the natural world? Or are we evolving at a glacial pace, unable to adapt to the changes happening around us? Revolution and evolution are strikingly different processes, yet both can create new life and new paradigms when conditions are ripe. How do we describe the current surge of innovative thought and social consciousness with regard to our environment? Is the movement we’re seeing superficial, or indicative of long-term, lasting transformation?
Volume 16 of Whole Terrain invites reflections on the link between evolution and revolution that we have defined as (r)(e)volution. What is the inherent tension between the social, ecological, and intellectual processes that define our time? No revolutionary manifestos, please. We are seeking pieces that use personal experiences or reflections on the natural world to make sense of the environmental climate in which we live.
Fiction, nonfiction, and personal essays are strictly limited to 2,000 words; they should be typed and double-spaced, with pages numbered and word count noted. Poetry submissions may contain up to three pertinent poems. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submitted work will be subject to review. Whole Terrain pays upon publication in copies and a lifetime subscription.
Reading Period: To be announced
Please send submissions to:
Editor, Whole Terrain
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431-3552