Virginia’s Climate Story




Navesink River, NJ 07704

How are you sensing climate change?

I spent all of my childhood living less than a 10 minute walk from the Navesink River. It was the place I learned to sail, where I skipped rocks after school, where I watched sunsets, where I spent countless hours training for crew, paddle boarding, and just thinking. I remember taking a swim test for sailing camp as a kid. I swallowed water from the Navesink and had to go home sick immediately after. The water was already contaminated with oil, sewage and other pollutants. As I got older everyone at school revered to the river as the “Navestink” because it was notably polluted. Everyone seemed to have a story about why they thought the River was ruined. Less and life existed in the river every year.A year after I graduated my crew team released notices for members to sign for practicing on the river. One year hundred of fish washed ashore our beaches. The town reeked of rotting fish for weeks. Everyone had a theory, oxygen levels, unusual freezing temperatures, acidity levels. All of these theories held the commonality of climate change.

How do these changes make you feel?

Sad and nostalgic. A place I love so much feels to be withering away.


Northeastern Region



Navesink River, 07704

Mailey’s Story

I try to gather a sense of climate change through memory.

KJ’s Story

Climate change makes me worried about our animals and species on earth and how long they have left.

Jennifer’s Story

I am sensing climate change through the increase in extreme weather.

Ninon’s Story

In my audio recording, I speak about my experience growing up competitively skiing.

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.

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