Illustration by Yunyi Dai
About this project
We are finding, coaching and training public media’s next generation. This #NPRNextGenRadio project is created in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting, with five talented reporters participating in a week-long state-of-the-art training program.
In this project, we are highlighting the experiences of people whose lives are being affected by climate change.
Overwhelming loss: Fires, grief, and embracing the burning world
by Alayna BECKER
On September 8, 2020, smoke began to fill the McKenzie River Valley. Debra Gwartney and Barry Lopez were concerned about the smoke and the wind, but a local emergency management organization texted them that the smoke was from a distant fire and that they were not at risk.
Portland teen fights climate change to create a better future
by Venus EDLIN
When Adah Crandall would stand in the playground of her middle school, all she could see was the freeway and diesel trucks going by, that image had a profound impact on her life.
This Vancouver doctor wants to raise awareness about climate change impacts on health in communities of color
by Alejandra SILVA HERNÁNDEZ
Two years ago during record wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, a longtime patient of Dr. Genoveva O’Neill hesitated going to her doctor’s appointment as wildfire smoke filled the air. An elderly Black woman with limited access to transportation, she already had complications with breathing due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. She was afraid of going outside, so she canceled her appointment. But that delay in care made her condition worsen, and she ended up in the hospital.
BIPOC farmers utilize community to cope with climate change
by Yordanos TESFAZION
Before she fled her Canby farm in the face of a wildfire, Rachelle Dixon could be found doing goat yoga on the farm or offering classes. When possible, she finds ways to share her knowledge and talents with the community.
A passion for the sea turned into a fight against climate change
by Hanlin WANG
From the earliest age, Dan Hellin had a plan. “When you’re a young kid, you always have a dream of being something, y’know, a fireman, a spaceman.” But, Hellin said, “I always wanted to be a scuba diver.”