The Warmest Years on Record: An Oral History is an oral history project creating an archive that details the feelings and experiences of people (currently focusing on US communities) during these early warm years of climate change. According to measurements taken by NASA and NOAA, the top 5 warmest years on record have all occurred since 2010. With that in mind, I am taking account of the changes people are noticing in their local landscapes and weather patterns, when they began to notice these changes, what these changes feel like on a personal and emotional level, and what it means for them to be living at this moment of change.
Our transition from the relatively stable climate of the Holocene (the geological period of the past 10,000 years) into the less stable and more uncertain climate of what some now call the Anthropocene, is a moment of deep significance. The Warmest Years on Record: An Oral History is a record for us and for future generations to reflect on what these first few years felt like for individuals. To this end, I am going to various communities around New York City and State conducting audio interviews with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
I am currently looking for people who would like to be interviewed, as well as organizations who'd like to partner with the project. I'll be updating this page for where and when you can find me interviewing during this fall and winter. Please reach out if you'd like to participate, or are interesting in talking with me more about the project.
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