Monday, 10 August 2009
Are you sitting comfortably?
“Journeys and stories sit well together” Tim Macartney
It's now a month until we set off to weave our multimedia tale, exploring what climate change means to real people in Russia, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. With our route as far as Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia now booked, it seems an appropriate time to launch the website and start telling you more about why Climate Stories is happening.
This year we came to the decision that we could no longer justify flying for holidays. But with friends and family all over the world, as well as a desire to see far flung places, we weren't about to let that stop us. We concluded that we would instead take a few months off every few years to go on a big adventure.
With Copenhagen – arguably the most important meeting in human history – coming up, we didn't feel we could just drop out entirely. We needed a project that would make a contribution at this crucial time.
We both love stories and have been inspired by some excellent storytelling during our time in London. And we know we're not alone: people enjoy, engage with and respond to stories.
Stories work; travel spreads stories fast and climate change requires some very quick footwork. Climate Stories is the result of knitting together all these elements into one beautiful project.
Please let us know if you can help us find people to interview or to translate or if you can suggest any eco-projects that lie on our route. Comments or suggestions on the project are always most welcome.
Emma and Will.