Over at Terrain.org we’ve just launched a new series that fuses the interactive climate justice story maps of the Climate Alliance Mapping Project with the creative writing of students and faculty at the University of Arizona to bring oil and gas pipeline spill data to life. It’s called Spill Stories.
The Climate Alliance Mapping Project, or CAMP, is an initiative led by a team of geographers, storytellers, and archivists at the University of Arizona. The CAMP team builds interactive climate justice story maps that bring together scientific data and digital stories produced by affected communities. These storytelling maps educate the public, connect local communities with global climate justice networks, and inform policy decisions.
Terrain.org will publish these spill stories — a mix of creative nonfiction and fiction, each with a unique interactive map — once per week over the next two months or more, so be sure to check back weekly. Why not start with the first spill story, “Veins, Like a System,” by Eshani Surya?
And join the creative writers and mapmakers at a public reading on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson. You’ll find me there, enjoying literary work by Emilio Carrero, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Katie Gougelet, Hannah Hindly, Lee Ann Gallaway-Mitchell, Kevin Mosby, Dorian Rolston, Eshani Surya, and Miranda Trimmier, as well as a few words by project lead Remy Franklin.