is an oral history zine project to make meaning and community from the overwhelming effects of the climate crisis.
This project turns to the climate crisis and witnesses it. Politically, ecologically, economically, emotionally, culturally, spiritually, what is *actually* happening?
Each issue will contain an interview and inspiration from someone engaged in a community-based project that contributes to climate resiliency. We'll discuss how their work intersects with the climate crisis, and their real thoughts and feels about the work at hand.
We amplify the stories of resilience being built by amazing small-scale, community-based work around the country. We are making our communities stronger in small and meaningful ways, despite huge obstacles.
We also recognize the emotional realities of coming to terms with the consequences of this climate crisis. This crisis provokes so many big and conflicting feelings like grief, hope, anxiety, fear. Patriarchal, white supremacist, capitalist culture tells us not to admit or address our big scary feelings!
I believe that the only way we'll survive as individuals or as communities is by incorporating our emotional experiences into our work. We must lift up possibility, together!
Issue 1: Interview with Presence O’Neal
Stay tuned for Issue 1! Currently in post-production & layout design.
Why Oral History?
Oral history is a way of gathering stories from the people who live them. I’m using an oral history framework, instead of journalism or nonfiction writing for example, because I’m interested in capturing and sharing the more personal side of a story, rather than the “facts”. The ethics and practice of oral history also aligns more with my experience and training in community-based leadership, popular education, anthropology, and relationship-based organizing.