Our Oceans, Our World: Rethinking Climate Change Activism
Metro Manila, Philippines
2020, High School, Interactive & Multimedia
Project Description: The submission is a podcast: combining the narrative styles of film, prose, and investigative journalism with an analysis of my personal experiences with climate change to create more nuanced, inclusive approaches to climate activism.
Having never had a solid sense of ‘home’, the ocean has always been a calming constant in my life. As cliched as it may sound, I’ve seen the ocean develop into quite a highly thematic symbol in my life: mapping out the development between a younger me, aged between 3-5, regularly visiting the beach with family and friends; and me now, a high school junior just recently returning to my home country, now living in a world of more uncertainty than ever before. With how highly-nuanced the issue of climate change is, I found podcasts to be the perfect medium for it— combining the narrative styles of prose, film, and music and the informativeness of research journalism to explore the many social, economic, and even cultural implications behind ocean conservation. After all, such a multifaceted issue deserves a multimedia approach! I encourage people to inform themselves in a similar way. As much as possible, I urge everyone to explore how the climate issue affects different demographics and empower them to take a stand.