Let’s get the facts in order!
Now you’re feeling inspired, it’s time to start researching your ideas…
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
George Orwell, ‘Politics and the English Language‘
Whether you’re writing an article, a story, a poem or even a game design, it’s important to know your facts – particularly when writing about a topic as important and complicated as the climate crisis.
This stage of the pathway is an encouragement to find out more about the topics which interest you, and to make sure you’re looking to reliable sources to get your information.
Writing is a creative process, but a bit of research is always useful. You might come across surprising facts, new words, unsung heroes, untold stories, striking images, shocking statistics, unexpectedly poetic phrases – all sorts of material which will be really helpful for your writing!
We’re collecting a series of Climate Resources to provide a starting point for your research, which we’ll continue adding to throughout the year. You don’t need to start here, and you certainly don’t need to read all the information – but have a browse and see if you can find anything which helps develop your ideas further, or take them in a new direction!
There’s a huge amount of information about this topic out there and it can be difficult to know where to start, and which sources to trust. Below are some links to advice on ways to critically examine the information you encounter, especially online.
- The BBC’s ‘Real News‘ page (they also have a lot helpful resources on reporting generally)
- For college students and teachers this series of quick online lessons introduces fact-checking and source-checking
Coming soon – more resources!