Arsenic. Hurricanes. Aging infrastructure. The aftermath of nearly every contamination crisis or severe storm reveals that low-income communities and communities of color face higher risks and have fewer resources to respond. Water is often at the center of these stories.
To add fresh voices to its cumulative, trusted coverage of water issues around the world and United States, Circle of Blue set out to discover a passionate, up-and-coming journalist to report on water inequality in a changing climate.
Circle of Blue is pleased to announce Pablo Unzueta as the recipient of its inaugural Water & Climate Fellowship program, supported by Aqualateral.
The fellowship elevates diverse and up-and-coming journalistic talent to report on environmental justice, social inequality, and water inequality in the United States.
“This fellowship presents a timely opportunity to shine a light on water-related environmental injustices and share climate-focused solutions,” said J. Carl Ganter, managing director of Circle of Blue. “Pablo represents the hungry, passionate, and focused journalism we need to bring depth and perspective to these issues that touch all communities.”
Unzueta will join Circle of Blue from California, where he recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach. With a background in photojournalism, his work has been featured in Dig Magazine En Español, CalMatters, and the Daily Forty-Niner.
Through the fellowship, Unzueta will combine his talents of videography, photography, and writing to document how environmental pollution in the 51-mile-long L.A. river has contributed to the erasure of the megacity’s rich cultural history.
“I want to tell these stories with a camera, as I have done so over the years while covering environmental injustices,” Unzueta told Circle of Blue.