Emma’s Climate Story


Emma Fogel


San Francisco, CA 94110

How are you sensing climate change?

When I awoke on the morning of September 9, 2020. I was extremely confused. My bedroom was almost completely dark, which was, of course, very unusual for the morning. I racked my brain, trying to figure out what could have happened. Was I getting sick and accidentally slept through the day? No, my phone clearly said it was still morning. Was there a time change? No, it wasn’t the right time of year for that. I walked over to my front door, opened it, and saw that the sky was bright orange, almost like a hazy sunset. I began to realize what had happened: smoke from a nearby forest fire was distorting the sun’s rays, making it appear as though it was dusk. I had lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 6 years at that point, and I had never seen anything quite like it. Granted, increasingly severe droughts have contributed to more intense fires each year, but this was a different kind of dystopian scene that I had not previously encountered. I was scared, and I was angry. I knew that even though this was the height of the pandemic, I wouldn’t be able to go outside for some time due to the terrible air quality. It was and is devastating to think about how this place that I love is becoming increasingly unlivable due to human activity.

How do these changes make you feel?

These changes make me feel an overwhelming mixture of emotions, including scared, angry, and sad.




San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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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