Danny Bloom
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From Taiwan to the world, ‘cli-fi’ has gone international

When a Taiwanese climate activist said the other day  that global warming is not the ‘deadliest enemy,’ the main enemy is people’s willingness to push their luck, Taiwan was listening. He said this during a recent march in Taipei to bring awareness to the continuing story of global climate change.

Many people don’t know this, but Taiwan is the birthplace of a popular global literary term dubbed ”cli-fi” that was coined in 2011 and promoted from Taiwan to the world. The term now has an international website in 10 languages funded by a Taiwanese entrepreneur in California, “The Cli-Fi Report.”

More than 1,000 Taiwanese demonstators, young and old, recently marched in Taipei to back calls for more government action on climate change, organizers said.

The march was held in solidarity with the global ”Fridays for Future” movement inspired by Greta Thunberg, which called for a global day of action on September 25 this year, organizers said. So Taiwanese marchers came out on the streets.

The march, which began at about 3 p.m., was organized by several Taiwanese environmental groups, including the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition; the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance and Citizen of the Earth, Taiwan, and backed by nearly 50 other groups, including many student organizations.

Participants held placards with messages such as “There is no planet B,” “We do not have time. Act now or swim later” and “2050 net zero carbon emissions. Taiwan must help.”

As they marched, they chanted in Chinese words: “The climate is in an emergency.Give me back the Earth” and other slogans.

Several local politicians,  including Taiwan People’s Party Legislator Tsai Pi-ru, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hung Sun-han and New Power Party Hsinchu City Councilor Liao Tzu-chi,
spoke before the march began.

“The main purpose in us standing up and gathering here today is to let everyone know that the climate emergency is not a personal problem,” Ms. Liao said.

“The climate emergency is not something we can solve individually by not using air-conditioning,” she said, adding that the issue requires change from “the entire society,” including the citizens, the government and industries.

“We hope the voices we have gathered here today can be spread the Presidential Office, to let everyone know that the climate emergency is a problem, and a problem of generational justice,” she said.

One participant, Ita Chen, a fourth-year political science student at National Taiwan University, said: “If you really want to change the future of this planet, and this ‘status quo,’ start by taking action yourself.”

Taiwan: birthplace of cli-fi.

About the Author
Dan Bloom curates The Cli-Fi Report at www.cli-fi.net. He graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 1971 with a major in Modern Literature. A newspaper editor and reporter since his days in Washington, D.C., Juneau, Alaska, Tokyo, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan, he has lived and worked 5 countries and speaks rudimentary French, Japanese and Chinese. He hopes to live for a few more years.