The Story We Want
Dayna Reggero and the Climate Listening Project traveled across America with Moms Clean Air Force to meet with women who are working together to protect their families and communities. They listened to ordinary women—unsung heroes— confronting fossil fuel industries, climate change impacts, and a culture of extraction. These individuals are doing research, planting seeds of hope, and inspiring people across the country to share their stories, take action, and find solutions. The goal for the series is to connect audiences to inspirational moms across this country who challenge us all to join the chorus fighting for a better today and a healthy tomorrow.
A film by Dayna Reggero
Director: Dayna Reggero
Editor: Francine Cavanaugh
Director of Photography: Adams Wood
Cinematographers: Jen White, Giovanna Arguello, Steve Milligan
Producer: Moms Clean Air Force
We visited eight states: California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. From oil and gas operations in southwest Pennsylvania to the disastrous natural gas blowout in California, from toxic coal ash ponds in North Carolina to sea level rise in south Florida, and the extensive fossil fuel infrastructure in Native American communities across New Mexico, the courageous moms featured share personal stories of the real-life impacts of pollution and climate change on their families. These American stories demonstrate the new day-to-day reality for many moms across the United States – women who are talking mom to mom, researching and sharing information, participating in events, educating and empowering youth, and holding their elected officials accountable.
We visited North Carolina to hear from women who are living with the realities of the coal industry. Tracey has health concerns, and has watched her family and friends struggle with their health for decades. She is trying to protect her children from toxic air and water pollution caused by coal and coal ash at Belews Creek. She is working together with Caroline and women across the region to pray solutions as fracking and climate change threaten to bring new concerns to their communities.
The Aliso Canyon Gas Leak was the largest gas blowout in United States history. We visited California to hear from women who are living with the lingering impacts and realities of that disaster. Nancy has concerns for her family, friends and community as they deal with the very real impact the nation’s largest methane blowout at a gas facility is having on the health of her community right now. She is working on solutions with women across the region, like Jennifer and the Moms Clean Air Force, to drive talk mom to mom, share resources on social media, connect with their elected officials and work together to protect their children’s health.
We visited New Mexico to hear from Native American women who are living with the realities of a culture of extraction. Kendra has concerns for her family as they deal with the very real impact the oil and gas industry is having on her community right now. She is working on solutions with people across the region to drive hopeful new conversations about solutions that work for the people, the land, the air and the water.
We visited Pennsylvania to hear from women who are living with fracking by their schools and in their neighborhoods. Patrice has concerns for her children as they deal with the very real impact fracking is having on the health of their communities right now. She is working with women across the region, talking mom to mom, sharing resources, finding peer-reviewed research, running for elected offices, and taking action.
In Florida, we heard from women who are living with the realities of climate change. Karina has concerns for her family, friends and community as they deal with the very real impact sea level rise is having on Miami right now. She is working on solutions with women across the region, like the Moms Clean Air Force and Caroline Lewis of the CLEO Institute, to drive climate change action through engagement and education.