Global warming no longer feels like a threat just for future generations. Extreme weather and rising temperatures are destabilizing communities across the globe and pushing people from their homes.
Climates in Conflict
Featuring: Laura Heaton, Nichole Sobecki and Charlie Sennott
Saturday, September 16 | 3PM – 4PM
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse – 45 Water St DUMBO Brooklyn
Global warming no longer feels like a threat just for future generations. Extreme weather and rising temperatures are destabilizing communities across the globe and pushing people from their homes. This panel of artists, writers and experts will explore how the major challenges of our time — migration, extremism, conflict over dwindling natural resources — have roots in climate change. From Afghanistan to Colombia and Somalia, environmental changes have dire implications for security and are harbingers of global risks to come. What’s being done to address these concerns? What more can be done? How can visual storytelling help?
Nichole Sobecki is a photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya, and represented internationally by Panos Pictures. She began her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights, before leading Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau from 2012-2015. Nichole has completed assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia for Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, and her work has been exhibited internationally.
Laura Heaton is a writer and journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her writing in East Africa over the past decade has focused primarily on conflict, human rights, and women’s experiences in war. “The Watson Files,” her feature story for Foreign Policy Magazine (May/June 2017), retraces the steps of a British scientist working in Somalia in the 1980s, to see how the environment has changed after a quarter century of war. Laura’s reporting has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek, and National Geographic.
Charles M. Sennott is the Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project. An award-winning foreign correspondent, author, editor and entrepreneur, Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring. Throughout a career that spans 30 years, Sennott has consistently broken new ground in building award-winning teams that report across platforms in print, video, and audio.
Sennott’s deep experience reporting internationally led him to launch The GroundTruth Project in 2014 and to dedicate himself to training the next generation of journalists. GroundTruth is a non-profit based at the PBS flagship, WGBH in Boston. Sennott is also the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of GlobalPost, an award-winning news website which merged with Public Radio International’s The World in 2015. Sennott recently completed the one-year Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.