Rising Tides

Reflections for Climate Changing Times

Edited by Catriona Sandilands

Ice melt; sea level rise; catastrophic weather; flooding; drought; fire; infestation; species extinction and adaptation; water shortage and contamination; intensified social inequity, migration and cultural collapse. These are but some of the changes that are not only predicted for climate changing futures, but already part of our lives in Canada. Although these transformations are global and dramatic, they are also experienced locally and particularly by people who are struggling to understand the impacts of climate change on their daily lives.

Rising Tides is a collection of short fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir and poetry addressing the past, present and future of climate change. Bringing stories about climate changeboth catastrophic and subtlecloser to home, this new anthology inspires reflection, understanding, conversation and action. With more than forty purposefully written pieces, Rising Tides emphasizes the need for intimate stories and thoughtful attention, and also for a view of climate justice that is grounded in ongoing histories of colonialism and other forms of environmental and social devastation.These stories parallel the critical issues facing the planet, and imagine equitable responses for all Canadians, moving beyond denial and apocalypse and toward shared meaning and action.

Contributors to the anthology include established writers, climate change experts from different backgrounds and front-line activists: Carleigh Baker, Stephen Collis, Ashlee Cunsolo, Ann Eriksson, Rosemary Georgeson, Hiromi Goto, Laurie D. Graham, David Huebert, Sonnet L’Abbé, Timothy Leduc, Christine Lowther, Kyo Maclear, Emily McGiffin, Deborah McGregor, Philip Kevin Paul, Richard Pickard, Holly Schofield, Betsy Warland, Evelyn White, Rita Wong and many more.

[Rising Tides] takes a more explicitly political slant and includes a range of perspectives from Indigenous writers, including Zoe Todd’s gorgeous, lyrical reflection on watching the tides. While many of the writers work within academia, their writing here is accessible, open-hearted, and personal. […] In diverse ways, many of these contributors are probing this issue: how much hurt—how much climate change reality—are we capable of admitting into consciousness? Kyo Maclear’s “Love and Lifeboating”—an outstanding essay about dying and grief by one of Canada’s best writers—is, alone, worth the price of this collection. These are works to savour and treasure.”
Canadian Literature

“The contributors are painstaking and skilled wordsmiths. Throughout, they draw connections between personal lived experience and memory, and broader and structural issues. Some of the contributions are metaphorical, allegorical and evocative; others more directly name the social constructs that are jeopardizing our existence, reminiscent of the clarion call of a political manifesto.”
—Robert Hackett, rabble.ca

“These thoughtful stories bring awareness and give purpose to a shared meaning, calling the reader to action to bring about positive change that I hope to see in my lifetime. ”
The Charity Report

“[A] timely book […]  there’s a sense of conversation, of talking and sharing ideas, memories, strategies, and the result is a compelling field-guide to ways we might proceed as local and global citizens.”
—Theresa Kishkan, The Ormsby Review

Rising Tides—to reflect and think about times past and times to come. Rising Tides—so many words. Words of sorrow, words of loss, words of concern and fear. But also, words of connection to trees, to ice, to nature. We need these words to apprehend the changes coming upon us. I commend Catriona Sandilands for bringing together this diverse group of people that honoured climate change through these words.

In their story, Deborah and Hilary MacGregor say, “The spirit’s call to action has him troubled. That responsibility to act—what can one person do?” This is the power of words—to find ways. Plato said that we knew nothing if we could not name it. Rising Tides uses words on climate change to name it, tame it and act as science tells us to, before it is too late—before, as Jessie Thistle tells us, we see the red light of the cigarette and understand who lit the fire.”

—Dr. Catherine Potvin, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forest (Tier 1)


  • Carleigh Baker (Vancouver, BC)
  • Sara Barron (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Lois Beardslee (Michigan, USA)
  • Tzeporah Berman (Vancouver, BC)
  • Christopher Campbell-Duruflé (Toronto, ON)
  • Stephen Collis (Tsawwassen, BC)
  • Alison Colwell (Galiano Island, BC)
  • Ashlee Cunsolo (Happy Valley-GooseBay, NL)
  • Colleen Doty (Galiano Island, BC)
  • Ann Eriksson (Thetis Island, BC)
  • Suzanne Fournier (Galiano Island/Vancouver, BC)
  • Elysia French (St. Catharines, ON)
  • Rosemary A.Georgeson(GalianoIsland/Vancouver,BC)
  • Hiromi Goto(Vancouver, BC)
  • Laurie D. Graham(Peterborough, ON)
  • Deblekha Guin(GalianoIsland, BC)
  • Dylan M. Harris (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Peter Hobbs (Toronto, ON)
  • David Huebert (Halifax, NS)
  • Sonnet L’Abbé (Nanaimo, BC)
  • Timothy B. Leduc(Toronto/Brantford, ON)
  • Christine Lowther (Tofino, BC)
  • Kyo Maclear (Toronto, ON)
  • Lauren Magner (Galiano Island, BC)
  • Emily McGiffin (Hazelton, BC)
  • Deborah McGregor (Toronto, ON)
  • Hillary McGregor (Toronto, ON)
  • Emily Menzies (GalianoIsland/Victoria, BC)
  • Astrida Neimanis (Sydney, Australia)
  • Rebeccah Nelems (Victoria, BC)
  • Reed Osler (GalianoIsland, BC)
  • Philip Kevin Paul (Tsartlip, BC)
  • Richard Pickard (Victoria, BC)
  • Catriona Sandilands (Toronto, ON/Galiano Island, BC)
  • Holly Schofield (Galiano Island, BC)
  • Andrew Simon (GalianoIsland, BC)
  • Indra Singh (SaltSpringIsland, BC)
  • Jamie Snook (HappyValley-GooseBay, NL)
  • Bernard Soubry (Montreal, QC/Halifax, NS)
  • Lisa Szabo-Jones (Cornwall, ON/Montreal, QC)
  • Jesse Thistle (Toronto, ON)
  • Zoe Todd (Ottawa, ON)
  • Betsy Warland (Vancouver, BC)
  • Evelyn C. White (Halifax, NS)
  • Levi Wilson (Galiano Island/Victoria, BC)
  • Rita Wong (Vancouver, BC)