Our summers are breaking heat records, and they will continue to do so. In large parts of the world, persistent droughts, water shortages, desertification and floods are claiming millions of victims. Climate change causes armed conflicts, is a cause of migration and an outflow of refugees and puts international balances and power relations under pressure.
In our opening paper we are taking you to indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna. Brazils indigenous tribes are being smoked out, literally. The dramatic deforestation in Latin America’s largest economy is undoubtedly one of the most important climate topics of 2019. Why you too, as well as the indigenous peoples, will feel the impact, is explained in this multimedia longread. This is also due to European leaders and companies, who can be blamed for more than just being guilty by omission. Here you can watch the documentary that we made for the Belgian public broadcaster VRT, with English subtitles.
At The Polar Project it’s important to us that you enjoy our stories. And no, we’re not being cynical. Urgency isn’t an excuse for a creative drought. Storytelling about climate change can be appealing.
Interactivity between journalism, art and the stage pushes us to explore the boundaries of journalistic storytelling. Our journalistic investigations are not limited to television, radio and press work. For our opening paper, Flemish poet Charlotte Van den Broeck and visual artist Jana Coorevits went to work. Van den Broeck's hypnotic verses can be heard in the VR documentary Amazons 360°. With VR glasses, you’ll find yourself standing for 7 minutes between thousands of protesting indigenous people and in endangered indigenous villages in the Amazon forest. This is what 250 visitors experienced at our launch on the 30th of September at De Centrale in Ghent, alongside performances by Brazilian and Belgian musicians and artists.
You can expect more groundbreaking storytelling from us in the coming months. Because compelling investigative journalism is more necessary than ever. Become a member of The Polar Project to help us make these stories, here on our Patreon account. From 1 euro you'll get access to our multimedia story Stripping forests for European beef.
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The Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savannah are burning. The first to be overwhelmed by the smoke, Brazil’s indigenous communities are fighting back.