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. 

How To Participate:

I am currently doing in-person, audio recorded conversations in NYC. 

1. You can sign up for an appointment through this calendar link. Conversations usually take between 30 - 90 minutes. If you don't see a time that works for you, reach out and we'll find a time! I can come to you, you can come to me, or we can meet up somewhere in the middle.

2. I'll be at the Info Commons Lab at the Central Brooklyn Public Library the first 3 Sundays in November (4th, 11th and 18th) from 1:30 - 4:30 in Room 6. Drop-ins welcome.

3. If you are part of an organization or business that might be interested in supporting the project (through reaching out to local communities, or offering space to conduct interviews) please reach out! I only have my small network, and I am really interested in partnering with organizations that serve communities I might not already be a part of. 

Past Interview Sites:

The History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca NY

Nut Island Creative Colony on Governor's Island

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