About Climate Stories Project
Climate Stories Project (CSP) is an educational and artistic forum for sharing stories about personal and community responses to climate change. CSP focuses on personal oral histories, which bring an immediacy to the sometimes abstract nature of climate change communication. Some of us may recount dramatic events such as floods and wildfires, or we may address our observations of changes in seasonal patterns and our fears for the future of our families and communities. We may discuss how climate change is forcing our communities to adapt to extreme weather and sea level rise. Or we may speak about how we are getting involved in movements to build more resilient futures and to fight the fossil fuel industry through community organizing or nonviolent protest. There is no "right" way to talk about climate change as it is a vast topic that is increasingly touching every corner of our lives.
In addition, some climate stories are being used as the basis for music and soundscape pieces that allow audiences to witness the effects of climate change in a novel way. By presenting climate change narratives through music, Climate Stories Project reaches new audiences that may not be currently engaged with the effects of climate change. These pieces can be found on the Climate Music page.
Brigid Miller, Program Manager, is a public historian currently working in Outreach and Programming for an arts-based non profit in Chicago, IL. Brigid received a B.A. in History and Gender Studies from St. Olaf College and recently earned a Master’s Degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin. After working with a community group in Dublin and hearing their stories of climate change, Brigid was inspired to focus her postgraduate research on the intersection of climate change and heritage, specifically oral histories, and this led her to discover Climate Stories Project. She believes that recording and sharing climate stories is vital in order to connect people with the climate crisis, promote solidarity, and inspire others to take action.