Ari’s Climate Story




Eugene, Oregon 97401

How are you sensing climate change?

Last September– I got back home to Eugene after quarantining with family outside the mainland. Shortly into my return home, the smoke from the surrounding fires was making the air quality so bad that we had to stay inside for about three weeks. From what I read at the time and since, it seems pretty clear that record-high summer temperatures lit dry material. I grew up in the central valley of California and was pretty used to seeing fires and being smoked-in occasionally, but never up here. The fires Willamette valley area last summer were devastating, incredibly destructive, and a likely a product of rising temperatures considering that, again, we had been hitting record highs all summer. This summer, we’ve hit several more and it’s only early August.

How do these changes make you feel?

In the face rising temperatures and the recent IPCC assessment report, it is easy to feel incredibly defeated. However, environmental ethics has played an important role in shaping my own resilience with regard to the climate crisis and natural disasters, and I am grateful I can use it as a framework of care and reciprocity in my stake against warming.





Eugene, OR 97401, USA

Warren’s Story

Cape Town is usually very rainy but a few years ago they experienced intense water shortages.

Brandon’s Story

In my hometown of Beaver, PA, coal and steel production was historically extremely important sectors of employment.

Christian’s Story

They make me feel sad and upset that local leaders are so glib about impending threat.

Aaron’s Story

It was depressing to experience a beautiful park for the first time and see how fragile the ecosystem is.

Colton’s Story

While there, I learned about how these farmers who had lived there for their entire lives were having to adapt their food growth to an increasingly arid climate.

Wren’s Story

My family huddled up in one room with air conditioning and even with it, it was still 80 degrees in there.

Barker’s Story

It got up to 100.

Taye’s Story

It was very hot

Krypton’s Story

They make me feel sad and worried for my mama’s home, and my family’s home, and if future generations are going to have the same Earth we want them to have.

Mrinalini’s Story

I feel that the rapid urbanization in a country like India has led to many such deforestation activities.

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