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Climate Justice, Community Engagement, and other extracurricular projects:

Cultivating Justice in a Changing Climate:
An Environmental Justice Indicator Storytelling Zine

July 2023

Zine Creators: 

J'reyesha Brannon, Isabel Sanchez-Pacheco and Emilie Pilchowski 

In July 2023, Coalition of Communities of Color and Multnomah County celebrated the launch of their Community Driven Climate Plan framework and a collaborative zine: "Cultivating Justice in a Changing Climate: a collection of stories and art rooted in Multnomah County's communities of color."

"By pairing climate justice and public health data alongside community stories, artwork, and resources our goal is to create a fuller and more detailed picture of the ways that climate change impacts Multnomah County's communities of color. We created this zine to make climate justice data more accessible for community members who are on the frontlines of this issue. Data is a powerful resource and we believe that frontline communities should be empowered to use it to drive our work and influence policy."

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Sample pages from inside the zine. Artists: Ree Artemisa (left) and Paola De La Cruz (right)

Thanks to all the climate organizing partners, community members, and government allies who helped with this work. Special thanks to Multnomah County's Health Department, Brendon Haggerty & Max Nonnamaker  for their mapping.
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Harvard Climate Justice Design Fellowship

June 2022 - January 2023

"The mission of the Climate Justice Design Fellowship program is to empower environmental justice advocates and public servants from around the United States to design and build accessible data tools that help them promote equity and justice in their communities."

The goal of this project, Canopy of Stories, is to pair qualitative data (community stories and feedback) with quantitative data (temperature, tree canopy, maps) and visually present how climate change impacts our frontline communities in Multnomah County. Too often we see headlines and studies presenting ‘disproportionate’ impacts on Black/brown and low income communities, but that work is often missing the personalization and community involvement of those most impacted – in a vacuum of academia or government. This project aims to show the importance of qualitative data in the form of community stories and how it creates a fuller picture of how communities are impacted by lack of tree canopy, rising temperatures, and the resources needed.  


Fellowship Project: Canopy of Stories

Project Components: GIS Mapping, Partnerships, and Community Outreach

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