The Gazette featured the Climate Narrative Project’s final presentation last week, University of Iowa Climate Project Tells Stories in a Changing World.
Here’s a clip:
“The Climate Narrative Project partners with Yale Climate Connections, which released a report this year that seven in ten Americans rarely or never discuss climate change with family and friends.
“Part of our task is to say, ‘Why?’ How do we reach new people? How do we tell a story to get people to think about these issues?” Biggers said.
It’s not just artists who will need to answer those questions, which is why fellows come from across disciplines. Coury is studying international relations, and other fellows this semester include students of environmental science, psychology, anthropology, marketing and business economics. They learn public speaking techniques and think about ways to engage people beyond simply sharing data.
“I feel like the best way to truly get social issues to an audience is telling those personal stories,” fellow Solomon Worlds said, a senior studying classical saxophone and psychology.
He is planning to attend law school and had intended to study international law, but after completing the fellowship is considering switching his focus to environmental law instead.
People of color and historically marginalized groups have been the most impacted by climate change, he said, and he sees environmental work as a way to advance human rights.
“If you can help the earth, you can help everyone,” he said. “I feel like, if we can fix the canvas, we can than fix the rest of what’s on that canvas.”