WHERE WE HAVE BEEN

WINTER SEMESTER | JAN-APR 2022 | The Climate Disaster Project successfully piloted its methodology for working with climate disaster survivors to share their stories. As part of that process, 34 students from eight post-secondary institutions interviewed one another, as well as climate disaster survivors from across Canada and around the world. In doing so, 43 stories were created about climate disaster survivor experiences.

MEGAPHONE | JAN-JUN 2022 | University of British Columbia and University of Victoria students partnered with the Vancouver, British Columbia street paper Megaphone and several of its storytellers to co-create firsthand accounts of how they were affected by the heatwave and fires that affected Western North America in 2021. Those accounts were published in Megaphone’s June 2022 issue.

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF STREET PAPERS | JUN 2022 | The firsthand accounts of climate change co-created by Megaphone magazine storytellers, as well as students at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, were shared for republication by the International Network of Street Papers, which is made up of over 100 street papers in 35 countries.

APTN INVESTIGATES | JUN 2022 | The first Indigenous investigative news program in Canada, APTN Investigates filmed the interviews University of British Columbia and University of Victoria students conducted with Megaphone’s storytellers. The program produced a documentary based on those interviews, which was aired on June 3, 2022.

SUMMER SEMESTER | APR-AUG 2022 | The Climate Disaster Project hired five summer research associates, Aldyn Chwelos, Christina Gervais, Michael Lo, Geena Mortfield, and Gage Smith to continue working with climate disaster survivors and conducting background research for investigative and solutions journalism projects based on the stories they’ve shared.

WHERE WE ARE GOING

The Climate Disaster Project isn’t just a journalistic initiative to help climate disaster survivors share their stories, investigating the common problems and common solutions to the traumatic events they have lived through. It isn’t just an initiative that will help prepare the next generation of environmental journalists to cover those traumas, which are becoming an increasing part of our everyday lives. Instead, it’s an initiative that creates social connection around the experience of climate change by re-humanizing, individualizing, and collectivizing it.

That is because we believe the new and emergent communities that result from these connections will be more empathetic and understanding of climate traumas. And, out of that empathy, understanding, and community, lasting societal and policy changes can be created – helping us mitigate climate change and adapt to it. As the work of the Climate Disaster Project progresses, we are committed to expanding its depth and breadth, both locally and internationally, as we continue to reach out to the many people who have been traditionally excluded from climate conversations, despite being profoundly affected by climate change.

Last updated June 2, 2022.