Over the summer, the Climate Science Alliance was excited to host a Tribal Climate Stewardship Intern and a Climate Media Fellow. Meet Jada and Levi on today's blog!
As the summer wraps up and we head into fall, we are excited to share what Tribal Climate Stewardship Intern, Jada McCovey, and Climate Media Fellow, Levi Hill, have been working on. Meet them below and stay tuned for more reflections to come!
Tribal Climate Stewardship Intern
The Climate Science Alliance was honored to host Jada as our Tribal Climate Stewardship Intern through the summer internship program from our partners at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.
"Aiy-ue-kwee (Hello), my name is Jada McCovey, I am a Hoopa Tribal Member with Yurok and Karuk affiliation from Northern California. I am a student at the University of California, Davis attaining a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and Environmental Policy and Planning in hopes to pursue a career in environmental management in Indigenous communities to better support and empower traditional knowledge systems and build resiliency against environmental challenges that threaten cultural vitality. Last year I worked with the Yurok tribe’s environmental department back home to better learn and meet my own communities needs. This summer I am interning with the Climate Science Alliance to build greater knowledge of intertribal environmental work that strengthens communal resilience to the impacts of climate change, while promoting Indigenous ecological knowledge and stewardship. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity and for my hosts at Climate Science Alliance in La Jolla, San Diego CA.
Ko-weesh-cho’ (thank you)"
Climate Media Fellow
As the 2023 Climate Media Fellow, Levi Hill will work with both the Climate Science Alliance and Condor Visual Media teams to promote Tribal resilience and stewardship.
Levi Hill is a proud member of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. Having studied and graduated from Palomar Community College, he majored in Digital Broadcasting Arts. He is passionate about media in all, aspects as well as bringing awareness to all the needs of local tribal communities. Levi plans to bring awareness to how local indigenous tribes are taking steps to help preserve the environment and bring forth the cultural revitalization through media documentation.
Levi will serve in a collaborative capacity for both the Alliance and its media partners at Condor Visual Media, sharing knowledge systems and uplifting community-led actions that advance Indigenous stories and voices to the forefront of media communications in southern California. The priority focus of this position to is assist production of CVM's Tribal Nations News network, an independent reporting platform specifically focused on the Tribal Nations and people of the Southern California region.
Thank you, Jada and Levi, for being a part of the Climate Science Alliance team!