2018 Conservation Conversation with RAY Fellow Emi Okikawa

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

As the community-based storyteller at Ocean Conservancy, Emi focuses on the dichotomy between mainstream and concealed environmental stories.

One of the most pervasive myths in environmentalism is that people of color do not care about the environment. The positive feedback loop of media exclusion leads people both within and outside these communities to believe that this is true. Emi’s goal as the community-based storyteller is to pose critical questions about how we communicate environmental narratives: Who gets the spotlight? Who do we praise? Who do we dismiss? And perhaps more importantly: Who gets to tell these stories?

Through written articles and other multimedia mediums, she highlights the important work communities of color, indigenous communities, and disenfranchised communities are leading at the frontlines of the environmental justice movement.

This presentation will give you an in-depth look at the stories she covered throughout her time at Ocean Conservancy and a glimpse into the intricate world of environmental nonprofit communications.

Read more of Emi's work here: oceanconservancy.org/people/emily-okikawa/