Tag: Climate Change


New Call for Pitches for “Home, Interrupted”

Feet in 2 Worlds is accepting pitches for narrative audio stories that tell unreported and underreported stories of how immigrants are navigating the climate crisis.

Sudden or gradual climate disasters – like cyclones or prolonged droughts – have become drivers of migration. The U.S. is already seeing the consequences of a tepid response to climate change in the form of unpreparedness for hurricanes, increasing floods and droughts, as well as intensifying heat — destroying neighborhoods, decimating crops, and threatening livelihoods and our way of life. Immigrants around the country are colliding with this new reality and are disproportionately impacted by the disruptions of climate change. We want to tell their stories.

We are especially looking for stories on the following topics:

1) Housing and Climate:

Immigrants often find themselves in neighborhoods that are vulnerable to flooding, pollution and intense heat—how are they coping or transforming their neighborhoods? Affordable housing, redlining, gentrification, flood/hurricane insurance, and tenant abuse are issues immigrants across the U.S. typically face. How is climate change exacerbating these?

2) Climate Refuge City: 

Some cities in North America are positioning themselves as climate sanctuaries for immigrants. What does that mean in practice? How are individual local governments that are striving to become more climate-friendly fitting immigrant populations into their plans?

3) Resiliency:

How are the vulnerable countries of origin of immigrants adapting to climate change? What lessons or strategies are immigrants bringing with them when they come to the U.S?

4) Personal Beliefs:

From climate refugees to climate deniers, how do the experiences of immigrants in their home country, as well as adapting to life in the U.S., shape their views about climate change? What kinds of conversations about climate change are taking place in immigrant communities?

5) Work/Labor/Business

From the agricultural sector, to factories, from food delivery services to green energy companies, how are immigrant workers and business owners adapting to environmental changes? What climate-related innovations are they bringing to their industries? 

6) Asylum:

There is growing resistance to accepting new asylum seekers, and new arrivals often find that the systems that are supposed to support them are inadequate. Where do migrants without a home go when it’s not safe outside because nature is acting out?

Pitches should include:

– Human-centered stories and clear narrative arcs

– Compelling characters (immigrants whose story will illustrate the larger themes explored in your piece, as well as experts, community leaders to help frame the stories with context and information that deepens our reporting).

– A focus on immigrant communities from different regions, backgrounds, and economic circumstances across the country.


Compensation for accepted stories will depend on factors including the experience level of the producer, the length of the story, and the complexity of the story. Payment for stories ranges from $250 to $1000.

How to Submit:

Please send submissions by completing this form.

Email questions to us at contact@feetin2worlds.org.


The deadline to pitch your story ideas was November 11 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

*This call for pitches is now closed.*

Feet in 2 Worlds is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, the Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

Coast Guard aircrews deliver Hurricane Maria relief supplies in Puerto Rico

Call for Story Pitches: After the Storm – Tracking the Puerto Rican Exodus

Extended deadline to submit your pitch is February 28th.  

Residents of Utuado, Puerto Rico were stranded after Hurricane Maria by washed out roads and mudslides; photo: Eric D. Woodall

The next Fi2W online magazine will report on migration triggered by climate change.  Our focus will be the mass exodus of Puerto Ricans from the island to the U.S. mainland following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the migration of residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands to the mainland.

Our coverage will examine the impact on communities where Puerto Rican climate migrants are settling as well as changes in their relationship to the communities they left behind.

We will explore the challenges facing people arriving on the mainland as well as the social, economic and political transformation of cities and states with large Puerto Rican populations such as New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Illinois.

We will tell this story through individual narratives as well as more broad-based reporting that explores what it means to be a climate refugee, and the implications of this phenomenon for the nation as a whole.

We are looking for stories in any medium – feature articles, audio, video, photo essay, or maps – that help bring a deeper understanding to these complex issues.   Story pitches should be submitted in English. Stories may be published in English and Spanish.

Areas to explore include:

  • How the storms have changed relationships between Puerto Ricans on the mainland and the island -within families, in community-to-community connections, and in philanthropy within the Puerto Rican community.
  • How recovery has varied for those with family or friends on the mainland and those without those connections.
  • The political impact of the storms both on the mainland and the island.
  • New trends and ideas in Puerto Rican arts, culture and sustainability practices that have been prompted or inspired by the storms.
  • How are challenges of housing, education and jobs being met on the mainland?
  • Connections between the post-hurricane recovery and the Puerto Rico economic crisis.
  • How are communities in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands working towards climate change mitigation and adaptation to lessen the impact of future storms?
  • Lessons for planners, emergency management agencies and other local agencies in cities that have received climate refugees.

Deadline to submit your pitch is February 28th.  

To submit your pitch, or for questions, contact Rachael Bongiorno at rbongiorno@newschool.edu

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, an anonymous donor and readers like you.


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