As a reporter, I want to give you agency

Written by Caleigh Wells

Hi there,

I get it — climate change is scary. I understand the temptation as a news consumer to avoid the apocalyptic headlines and bleak statistics. Grappling with my own fear of the climate crisis a few years ago, I knew there had to be more than bad news.

It’s been my reporting beat ever since.

This year, I spent months following a group of teenagers on their quest to save the world from the climate crisis. I spoke with local water agency officials and cemetery employees about how they’re saving and recycling water during this historic drought. I visited a farmer who’s using a fraction of the water to grow his tomatoes in his hydroponic greenhouse. I hiked with people who have dedicated their time to saving the remaining few hundred acres of a unique habitat on the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. And I interviewed the environmentalists who have spent years trying to save Southern California’s iconic Joshua Tree from climate-induced extinction.

There’s no greater antidote to the fear of an ever-present and worsening problem than a sense of agency and empowerment. So as a reporter, I set out to find solutions, because solutions give us that agency, and that keeps people listening.

Recently, I put together a story about how climate anxiety is influencing family planning decisions, and it features the voices of members who were willing to share their stories with me. I never cease to be amazed by the overwhelming support from our members. When I ask them for their help with a climate story, they never fail to pull through.

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Thank you,

Caleigh Wells
KCRW Healthy Communities Reporter

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