How does language influence the debate around climate change? What role does language occupy in matters of global importance? Can a focus on language lead to real change in the world? In this interview, Arran Stibbe, author of Ecolinguistics: Language, Ecology and the Stories We Live By, discusses these questions and tells us how the new edition of his book addresses these issues.

Arran Stibbe is Professor of Ecological Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire. He has an academic background in both linguistics and human ecology and combines the two in his research and teaching. He is the founder of the International Ecolinguistics Association, and author of Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology and Reconnection with Nature. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for teaching excellence and has published widely on discourse analysis of social and ecological issues.