Facing the Front Lines is a multimedia exhibit that features the experiences and insights of indigenous youth, educators, and community leaders living on the front lines of climate change in Asia.
From the Himalayas and floodplains of India to the coral reefs and rainforests of Indonesia—Asia's vital ecosystems are collapsing.
But not in silence.
Through portraits, video, and text, Facing the Front Lines amplifies the voices of people bearing witness to climate change in their everyday lives.
The exhibit grounds scientific data and global phenomena in personal stories of struggle and innovation that instruct and inspire.
Contact us to bring the exhibit to your school, university, library, or community center during the 2017 - 2018 North American tour.
About the photographer
Cross-cultural educator and storyteller Matt Colaciello created Facing the Font Lines through collaboration with his longtime colleagues in four communities in India and Indonesia. Upon invitation, Matt hosts workshops, presentations, and panel discussions in conjunction with the exhibit. To learn more about the experiences that led Matt to create the exhibit, watch his TEDxYouth talk.
About the Contributors
Nusi is a journalist, community organizer, and educator working for the Fourkani Foundation in Wakatobi National Park, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Egen is a social entrepreneur, youth group leader, and trekking guide in the Bajawa region of Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
Andar is a community organizer and educator in the Bajau community of Sampela, off the coast of Kaledupa Island in Wakatobi National Park, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Mertin is her district's only female journalist. She leads her community's youth group and runs a library from the front of her home in the Bajawa region of Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
Konchok is an undergraduate at Eliezer Joldan Memorial College in Leh, Jammu and Kasmir, India. He aspires to become an environmental scientist and work for climate justice in his region of the Himalayas.
Chamba is a social entrepreneur, pro-hockey player, and mountain guide living in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Tsetan is an undergraduate at Eliezer Joldan Memorial College in Leh, Jammu and Kasmir, India. In 2010, Tsetan and her family survived one of the worst environmental disasters her region has ever seen—the cloud burst floods. Tsetan aspires to become an Indian civil servant and environmental advocate.
Sunil, is a community organizer and tourist guide working in Bihar, India. He organizes environmental projects with local youth and works with the Solar Village Project to bring power to communities that previously had no electricity.