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Today's youths have effectively been marginalized in the national conversation around climate change. And yet they will be paying the price for the sins of their elders.  By asking high-schoolers to picture how the rapidly evolving climate will impact their world years from now, SFO aims to amplify their views.

A proof-of-concept was conducted at Maine's Cape Elizabeth High School in the spring of 2023.  Four students participated. As no photography instructor or sophisticated equipment was available for this effort—our former instructor having joined the NYC probation agency hosting our previous initiative—the quartet was provided with a resource for taking their photography skills up a notch and then set loose in the community with their smartphones.  One participant, Trevor Oakley, was filmed during this expedition.

SFO plans to conduct a full-scale effort project during the 2024-25 school year, both in Cape Elizabeth and on the South Shore of Long Island, New York.  An exhibit, a publication, and a film are the intended outputs. Support of the documentary teaser has been graciously provided by The Zain Jaffer Foundation.

SFO was inspired by previous efforts around the world to leverage participatory photography in the service of combating global warming.

Global Models

The participants were also asked to upload their work to the Home Stories portal, a global storytelling initiative supported by the National Geographic Society.

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