My final project will explore climate change and how it affects different demographics, groups and individuals. This is a particularly timely issue at local, national and international levels. Environmental action group DivestNU’s recent campout demonstration in protest of Northeastern University’s investments in organizations from the fossil fuel industry was highly covered by student journalists, and brought campus visibility to the issue. The protest of the North Dakota pipeline at Standing Rock has mobilized everyday activists in the fight against manmade climate change. The international Paris Agreement went into effect this month as the first international coalition working towards research and combat of climate change.
Beyond the traditional associations made with climate change and environmental issues, there are connections that are sometimes overlooked or not widely explored. My text story is going to dive into some of these relationships, including those that the Northeastern Art Collaborative, the Latin American Students Organization, the Islamic Students Society and Northeastern Partners in Healthcare have with DivestNU. I have reached out to members of Eboard from all four of these student organizations, and I plan to interview them to get a better sense of how climate change affects them and their organization, and why they chose to be members of Divest’s 30-club coalition.
For my video, I am planning to cover the Standing Rock protest of the North Dakota pipeline. I have reached out to Rev. Noah Evans, of Medford Grace Church, who has been in North Dakota directly participating in the demonstration. The Boston Globe has profiled Rev. Evans, and his direct insight into the movement’s ground efforts will be valuable. I will also attend the Boston Stands with Standing Rock march from Boston Common to the Charles River on Nov. 9. I will film highlights from the demonstration and record interviews with organizers and those participating in the march.
My photo story will consist of man-on-the-street interviews with students, professors and university staff. I will ask a random sampling of individuals I encounter on campus about whether or not they feel that climate change affects their lives, and how. This will show whether everyday citizens are actually in-tuned to environmental issues or personally feel their affects.
I am also considering centering my photo story on the intersection of art and the environment. This sub-story would lend itself well to visuals and it is a fairly untraditional topic when it comes to the climate change discussion. This will depend first on my interview with Mackenzie Coleman, president of the Northeastern Art Collaborative, which is scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 9. I am hoping she will be able to point me in the direction of local artists or art galleries that feature environmental art or artwork created with sustainable materials.