Friday, September 18, 2015

Writing and Current Social/global Issues

What current issues are important to you? How often do modern social/global issues take place in your stories no matter what era or genera you write? Robin has really picked an interesting topic for this month, and maybe a challenging one.

First of all I feel I should qualify that I am a Canadian, so my views on current issues come from that background. What issues are important to me?

The environment jumps to mind. I’m concerned about global warming. Because of the high temperatures all summer and the low water levels the salmon who return each year are having problems. In the lakes and rivers the temperatures are high, causing stress on the salmon and combined with lower water levels they are dying before they reach their spawning ground.

Snow packs have been low because of the warmer temperatures and water levels in lakes and rivers are lower. On our yearly trip to the Oregon Coast, walking long the beach the ocean appears to be lower than last year. Lack of water is becoming a concern world wide.
The higher, dryer temperatures have caused increased fires on the west coast.

Those are a couple of examples. I could continue, but you get the idea.
Poverty is always a concern, both locally and globally.

Do I write on those issues – not really. I mention an occasional environmental issue but not in any obvious way. I may in the future.

I’m on my way to check out what others have to say. I’m sure there are going to be some interesting posts from the US POV. Start checking out these sites:

Skye Taylor
A.J. Maguire
Margaret Fieland
Marci Baun Chatham
Connie Vines
Bob Rich
Rachael Kosinski
Helena Fairfax
Judith Copek
Rhobin Courtright


  1. Thanks, Beverly! I, too, worry about global warming. It seems while the West dries up, the Great Lakes fill up. I believe it begins to make them a target, and I'm so glad Canada has a say in the water's usage. I know Michigan has made bad choices about usage, but they try to preserve the lakes (I must admit, I think Canada has also made some poor choices, too).

    1. I agree Rhobin. Canada has made some poor choices, and continues too, unfortunately.

  2. I think we've all made poor choices, America, Canada and the rest of the developed and developing world. Global warming is just one of many, but wouldn't it be nice if we could solve just one.

  3. There's so much going on in the world, from environment to the refugees looking for a better life. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm not sure if my first comment went through, so I'm going to try again.

    Living in California, I know all about water issues, and they are scary. We need to take better care of our home planet.

    As for including the issues within our novels, it seems most of us don't really address them for the same reason. I don't do it because I don't want to lecture a reader and turn them off. Not only that, I don't like being preached to either, so I'm less inclined to do it in my writing.