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I wanted to create a sci-fi graphic novel to bring attention to climate change and systems changes in an engaging and accessible format that marries my academic and creative interests. Setting the story in the year 2060 allows me to paint a picture of the changes science is projecting to occur due to human consumption of fossil fuels. My goal is to create a story that inspires hope and encourages people to start changing the way they relate to others, combating eco-anxiety and any sense that severe climate change is synonymous with doom. I am collaborating with three other Generation Conscious Fellows who share my enthusiasm for community care and mutual aid. In our story, environmental catastrophe has destabilized civilization as we know it, and a former geoengineer must survive a cross country journey to reach safety. His discovery of a radical community thriving in the apocalypse challenges his individualistic worldview and teaches him to care for others as an act of self care.
Supporting Fellows: Petra Hinds (Williams College), Taylor Gilliam (Rice University) and Belu-Olisa Sarkissian (Brown University)
We are interviewing advocates/changemakers in different communities around the US and compiling their responses into a ‘zine’ that we will then distribute (free of charge) around the schools we work with and beyond. We want to give EJ communities the platform to tell their stories, especially those that have not received the most media attention or where their specific issues are not well understood. We want to use our technological/artistic literacy to help EJ communities to communicate their message in a way that is readable and relevant to a variety of audiences. We will record these interviews using oral historical methodology, rather than a journalistic standpoint. If the interviewee/narrator permits, we will record the interviews and if it is the narrator’s desire, we can start trying to archive some of the interviews. A concurrent goal of the fellowship is to connect students with environmental justice communities surrounding them. Building relationships between students and EJ communities is a germination of this project, so that both can benefit each other with a mutual vision.
Using my creative work as a poet, performer, dancer, and painter, Generation Conscious gave me the space to explore my passions as an artist and activist in the workplace. I channel my creativity through the company’s TikTok account, which has served as a safe space for myself and others to connect on issues surrounding climate change and systemic injustice. My role as a fellow with Generation Conscious was collaboratively made by Greg and I so that I could tailor a position to my specific career goals and interests, all while being equitably paid for my labor. Since taking over the TikTok account, my role with the company has grown to allow me to collaborate and support other artists on a multitude of creative projects, finding friendships along the way. This is a work environment unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before- where all members of the collective are seen as valuable, are supported, and have the space to pursue any wild passion we desire.
I’ve always been interested in hands-on projects, ranging from building ridiculously complex objects out of Legos as a kid to designing a radiant cooling system for urban backyard chicken coops now as a college student. Working with Generation Conscious has allowed me to explore my creativity in designing experiments that test the effects of humidity on the longevity of our laundry sheets with full support the entire way. The genuine excitement I’ve felt from the team is unlike any job I’ve had before, and it’s a fairly refreshing experience. My role as a Mechanical Engineering Fellow gives me the ability to collaborate with other students across the country, learn from them, and compare results from experiments they’ve conducted themselves. Honestly, this is what I’ve always wanted to do with my life, and Generation Conscious was able to make it into reality.
The Augmented Reality (AR) project is an outdoor escape-the-room event where students solve puzzles in the form of 3D augmented reality markers around their campus to win a prize. It was motivated by the fact that students interact more with things that they find cool. The project consists of several AR markers placed around campus that lead the participants through various puzzles to solve and win a prize. The markers can be videos, images, audio recordings, or large moving 3D models of waste, animals, etc. The best part of this project is that the markers and the puzzle storyline are fun but they also educate the participants about issues in sustainability to encourage lifelong support for sustainable products and living.
Alexis Sammons – College of Idaho
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Farah Najjari – Connecticut College
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Belu-Olisa Sarkissian – Brown University
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