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Anjali Madgula

“Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, a professor of social sciences at Yale, says that we are at a point where literature that doesn’t include climate change in some way, shape, or form, “just isn’t reflecting the reality that we inhabit” and thus may have to be considered either historical fiction or other-worldly fantasy. As a literature student and creative writer, this really hit home for me. It is important to also expand the range of interpersonal and political conflicts that are considered environmental. During my time at Rutgers, I got involved with local community groups, attended a variety of interdisciplinary panels and discussions, and took classes that focused on Environmental Humanities and ecological principles. To me, climate is important because it signals a necessary shift in how we look at governance frameworks. Policies shouldn’t just be delayed reactions to trauma and cruelty but should account for the long term future and the slow violence of fossil fuel pollution. As global movements for strong climate action grow, we need to make room for narratives that outline environmental histories and possibilities in public education.That way when crises occur, like the current snowstorms in Texas, we are clear about discussing it as an environmental crisis.” 

Anjali Madgula
Rutgers-New Brunswick Senior
Sunrise Movement Rutgers
Douglass Residential College
English Literature
Environmental Policy, Institutions, & Behavior
Creative Writing