Expert on climate crisis and role of storytelling

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Ahead of World Environment Day 2022 this Sunday, the Crookes Professor in Environmental and Climate Journalism at the University of Victoria is available to media for comment on the role of storytelling and how to build hope in the aftermath of cataclysmic fires, floods and storms devastating communities across Canada and around the world.

Sean Holman (Dept. of Writing) leads the Climate Disaster Project, a consortium of Canadian journalism students and media partners amplifying the stories of those who have experienced such disasters. Their efforts will be preserved in a climate disaster memory vault, “similar to other important oral history projects that have humanized the impact of natural disasters and humanitarian crises around the world,” Holman says. The first set of stories debuts today on APTN National News, followed by dedicated June issues of Megaphone and Asparagus magazines, with more stories to be released this fall. Holman is available to the media daily through June 5. (smholman@uvic.ca or 403-397-4751)

World Environment Day is led by the United Nations Environment Program and has been held annually since 1973. It is hosted this year by Sweden.

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