State of the Project: June 2023
So far, we’ve spoken with 90 of you — experts from every corner of climate action, from city sustainability directors to researchers on sea-level rise. We’ve organized the conversations into 42 different categories. (Let us know if there are categories we’re missing.)
You are the stewards and standard-bearers of dozens of different efforts to understand, repair, and realign ourselves with a changing climate. Many of you are giants at the top of your fields, but just as many are working in the trenches as students, teachers, artists, activists, administrators, and researchers.
Collectively, you know an astonishing range of things about climate change, from the details of its terrible damage to the details of its most daring solutions. In every conversation, your answers to our questions have broadened our views, rearranged our assumptions, and put our understanding on firmer ground.
The conversations have often been emotional. Some of you are in mourning. Some of you refuse to mourn or mourning doesn’t cross your minds. None of you has given up.
With ten conversations to go, we still don’t know what sort of artwork will do justice to the time, expertise, and inner thoughts you’ve shared with us. It won’t be enough to do a podcast or a bunch of blog posts. We’ve considered a traveling exhibit, a new theater play, or even a whole new community founded on your ideas and insights. Maybe most tantalizing is the idea that (with your permission) we’d start to introduce you to each other, in the hope of spawning new conversations and collaborations across this incredible group.
For now, our focus is getting from 90 to 100. Thank you again for helping us get this far. It’s already been an incredible honor.