Explore Topic Environment

Our Correspondents write about the environment because it is the space we inhabit, the air we breathe, the systems we interact with every day. Environmental changes are the number one human rights issue of our time. Yet, discussions about the environment often center on grim, depersonalized figures: atmospheric CO2 levels have increased to 415 parts per million, 300 million people will lose their homes to rising seas by 2050, over 41,000 species are endangered. Among the numbers and warnings, it is easy to forget that humans are an integral part of the ecosystem.

Our stories remind us that we are all connected: water gives us life (read Mani Nouri); air pollution is in our lungs (read Anna Adima); systems of production and consumption and waste enrich some and impoverish others (read J.M.D. Rodriguez). The environment is the whole world and environmental transformations impact every living being, but each person’s individual experience of the environment is different. In order to understand the immensity of the environment and global climate change, we need these personal stories. 

Environment Stories Worldwide

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> Ukraine
Ask, not tell: how government should engage communities on climate change

A story by Illia Yeremenko

Communities and local NGOs know better than the government about environment policies. Communities should lead the energy transition in Ukraine.

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> United States
Fire, Flood and Fury: Voting for the Climate

A story by Melaina Dyck

I am in the first generation to grow up in the climate crisis. My environmentalist journey began with fire.

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> United States
Connecting through Food

A story by Sidra Kennedy

Food bonds people together. Studying abroad in Tecpan, Guatemala, I encounter an emphasis on home-cooked meals and local foods that I never experienced in the United States.

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> United States
California’s Other Pandemic

A story by Elspeth Mathau

We had wildfire evacuation warnings when I was a child, but the threat is now so severe that we packed bags with whichever mementos and essential items we could fit in our car, to prepare to flee if conditions worsened.

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> Indonesia
When Your Country is a Case Study: Being an Indonesian Environmentalist at Yale

A story by Brurce Mecca

My experience and knowledge, and the experiences of all minorities, matter, even when those perspectives feel insignificant because of all the extra effort to make people understand.

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> Uganda
Air Pollution in Kampala, Uganda

A story by Anna Adima

If no concrete action is taken soon, the capital of the Pearl of Africa will become almost inhabitable in a few decades from now.

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> Colombia
Recycling in Bogota and Moscow: An Unrecognized Necessity

A story by Juan Manuel David Rodriguez

At my home we do not see recycling only as a necessity for our society, but also as an opportunity and a way to survive. A form of surviving that in countries like Colombia, is still precarious and little understood by a particular classist society like ours, where the primary link of the productive chain, the recycler or waste collector represents for many a symbol of poverty.

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> Iran
My Relation to Water, Snow and Drought

A story by Mani Nouri

Time is ticking, and we must do anything in our hands to save water, the very source of life.

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Our aim is to change that with every personal story we share.


We believe in quality over quantity. To start off with, we collect personal stories that relate to our correspondents' experiences with five global topics:


Discussions about the environment often center on grim, impersonal figures. Among the numbers and warnings, it is easy to forget that all of these statistics actually also affect us - in very different ways. We believe that in order to understand the immensity of environmental topics and global climate change, we need the personal stories of our correspondents.


Gender is the assumption of a "normal". Unmet expectations of what is normal are a world-wide cause for violence. We hope that the stories of our correspondents will help us to better understand the effects of global developments related to gender and sexuality, and to reveal outdated concepts that have been reinforced for centuries.


Our correspondents write about migration because it is a deeply personal topic that is often dehumanized. People quickly become foreigners, refugees - a "they". But: we have always been migrating, and we always will. For millions of different reasons. By sharing personal stories about migration, we hope to re-humanize this global topic.


We want to support the demand for justice by spotlighting the personal stories of people who seek liberation in all its different forms. Our correspondents share their individual experiences in creating equality. We hope that for some this will be an encouragement to continue their own struggle against inequality and oppression - and for some an encouragement to get involved.

Corona Virus

2020 is a year different from others before - not least because of the Corona pandemic. The worldwide spread of a highly contagious virus is something that affects all of us in very different ways. To get a better picture of how the pandemic's plethora of explicit and implicit consequences influences our everyday life, we share lockdown stories from correspondents all over the world.

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