For this project, 17 high school interns representing five states around the Gulf of Mexico will partner with regional experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine (STEMM), to chronicle stories of vulnerable communities adversely affected by climate change.
Students will build capacity to engage with local, community-based organizations (CBOs), and will learn about their community’s work through the development of digital stories. This place-based, community-centered approach will enhance the local environmental and climate justice capacity and engagement between the organizations, the student interns, the community, and the schools.
The environmental storytelling for this project will include multi-media training for participants, which will help the interns to develop communication and technological skills while bringing together knowledge and practices needed to understand and address issues of environmental and climate justice.
Currently, this project is being piloted in 5 states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida) around the Gulf of Mexico by CLEAR Environmental in partnership with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). This pilot cohort of interns are in the first year of the project which will be completed at the end of April 2023. Throughout the year, students have attended virtual workshops on climate science, flood mapping, digital storytelling and have participated in site visits on the ground with their CBOs.
- Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director at DSCEJ
- Mary Williams, Project Manager at DSCEJ
CLEAR Team Members:
- Chris Cameron - Project Manager and Learning Designer
- Deb L. Morrison - Learning Designer