WEARTHWHILE



"Hi, my name is Rachel, I run an organisation called wEarthWhile and this is an environmental platform that works to collect individual global stories in personal stories, regarding climate and environmental changes. The underlying mission is to shift the narrative back onto the human experience, regarding climate and environmental changes. I started this about three years ago, through the combination of my experience as an under grad, doing environment and climate science. I got the opportunity to research in Korea, Russia and eventually Alaska, one summer. I was involved in communities who were impacted with specific environmental changes and it was it was my time in Alaska that really took me to create this organisation. I was doing Arctic Ocean's sea ice research and there were declines in sea ice and the problem with that is in Arctic there are indigenous communities who culturally and traditionally rely on sea ice for their hunting styles and so, of course they were being affected. It was a very niche impact and not a lot of people know about and so, it was at that moment that I can to the realisation that climate changes were much more than a scientific question. That it involved political, economic, historical and traditional, cultural, even some times spiritual aspect to it as well and so, the idea was to make these stories, these very individual, personal stories available to the wider public, through personal antidotes and personal experiences, to shift away the discourse debate from just being specifically science and factual and to understand that there are real human impacts across the world that we have yet to discover and to know. And so, wEarthWhile has hopes that will be able to re-focus back on the people who are severely impacted by climate and environmental changes or who have personal experiences, ideas or who does something hopeful in their community and these are stories that are very important for shifting the narrative back onto something productive and back onto something that can hopefully create greater social change."

https://www.wearthwhile.org/