The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. and spans three states — Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah — totaling about the size of Ireland. This region is facing heat waves and severe drought due to climate change, and many residents already live without electricity and running water, making the situation even more harsh.
Sonia Narang’s 360 degree video follows a Navajo family trying to cope in these extreme conditions. As the water supply shrinks for the family and their sheep, cattle and other livestock, they risk losing their ancient Navajo cultural traditions.
This story will be featured at the GEN Summit 2018.
Sonia Narang is a California-based multimedia journalist who reports for Public Radio International (PRI) on topics ranging from climate change to issues affecting women around the world. Her journalism work focuses on how a changing environment impacts vulnerable communities, and she recently reported a series about climate change in the South Pacific.
She draws upon her documentary film background to create character-driven video portraits that reveal significant human rights and cultural issues. Sonia has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
Sonia will apply the insights and skills she gains from Lookout360° to her video stories about the human impacts of global warming, climate resilience leaders, and adaptation solutions. Through immersive digital storytelling, PRI will have an innovative tool to use when connecting with audiences worldwide and raising greater awareness about environmental issues.
She tweets at @sonianarang