NEWS & OPINION ENVIRONMENT
‘Power in numbers’: One Hundred Miles presents community conversation BY RACHAEL FLORA
THIS Friday, get inspired to take action for our coastline. One Hundred Miles hosts activist and artist Mary Edna Fraser, whose photography captures the affects of climate change. (For more on Fraser’s art, turn to page 23.) Catherine Ridley is the Vice President of Education and Communications of One Hundred Miles. We caught up with her last week. Tell me about One Hundred Miles. Catherine Ridley: One Hundred Miles is a coastal conservation organization. We try to affect change through advocacy and education. What we’re trying to do is broaden the tent of what it means to be a conservationist. Everyone has a role to play. We want as many people to join forces as possible. That’s true whether you’re a biologist, community advocate, or educator, but equally true if you’re a painter or sculptor or storyteller. There’s a place for all of us in that big tent. That belief is at the heart of all our education programs we do across our coast, from Savannah to St. Mary’s.
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How did the Nature and the Arts program come about?
Nature in the Arts came about in 2016 as a way to share the stories of these inspiring artists. We have such a tremendous history of art in Savannah, and we want to hold them up and encourage others to follow their model. We recognize artists have relied on the natural world for generations as their muse and inspiration. Our programs are designed to really help people discover their own coastal story through the lens of nature. We’ve done photography workshops and creative writing and potter,y just everything trying to get people to think about that side of their brain and what they care about the coast and how they share what’s important to them. Simultaneously, one of the artists we respect and love is Mary Edna Fraser. She’s a phenomenal person and we honored her as part of our first One Hundred Miles 100, an annual list of people affecting change for our coast. She’s not just a tremendously talented artist, she’s a wonderful person. We wanted to find a program for her. We know our communities are ready to have
Fraser has also authored several books on climate change. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.
We try to affect change through advocacy and education. What we’re trying to do is broaden the tent of what it means to be a conservationist. Everyone has a role to play. a conversation about the effects of climate change, and we’re doing that through our lecture series. Why is it important to present information about the effects of climate
change? It’s important as we see sea levels rising and storm intensity increasing — we as citizens don’t know how to join that conversation. I think we’ve definitely had