Writing & Public Speaking

on climate change, climate policy, civic action, and effective storytelling. 

BET (Black Entertainment Television): 

"Severe flooding from Katrina affected everyone in New Orleans regardless of race, but the worst flooding happened in predominantly Black neighborhoods and displaced 96,000 Black people. Ten years later, 80 percent of White residents in New Orleans felt good about the city’s recovery. Black residents disagreed, with roughly one of every three Black survivors who lost their houses never returning to the city they once called home."

A Supreme Court Ruling That Impacts Climate Change Makes Environmental Racism Worse is available to read here.

CCL June Conference 2022 Breakout Session 3 - "What Does Air Pollution Have To Do With It?"

Many people well versed in the climate crisis are still puzzled about the importance of air pollution and how that impacts human health. Our panel will discuss how certain communities have been disproportionately impacted by air pollutants, and how these same communities are being disproportionately impacted by the changing climate. Panelists include: Dr. Rachel Licker, Union of Concerned Scientists; Dr. Yvonne Collins, GYN-Oncologist from Cook County and an Equity Fellow with the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health; Princella Talley, Fellow at large, the OpEd Project, moderated by Dr. Lisa Del Buono, CCL Health Action Team co-lead, Founder & Director – Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action.


"My mind filled with questions about what I may have done wrong. Was it my blue and black braids? Black hairstyles continue to be seen as an act of rebellion against white cultural norms. Was I being too playful with my dog in public? In the eyes of white supremacy, even Black joy is its own type of riot."

As a Black climate activist, racism gets in my way is available to read here.


"The exchange of ideas and resources to support groupthink within the epistemic bubble could explain why social media plays such a pivotal role in the polarizing climate conversation."

The social dilemma worsens the political and climate change dilemma is available to read here.


"Federal and state investments in climate solutions should include funding for placement services that protect and house those in need — especially those who don’t have four walls to shelter their bodies as temperatures rise and fall unnaturally." 

No Shelter from the Storm is available to read here.


"I live in the great state of Louisiana. It’s a state where you’ll most frequently hear two things from tourists and residents: The food is good, and the weather can make you feel as hot as the boil we dump our crawfish in."

In Louisiana, grief surges with another storm. So does hope is available to read here.

Doing Good with Climate Change

These series tells the story of some of the most important aspects of climate change. In addition, it has a particular emphasis on the ethical complexities of managing and mitigating the impacts of Climate Change on the planet and all of its people. 


"Whether we recognize it or not, we all experience climate grief, but some men are also experiencing the death of masculinity largely defined by the Industrial Revolution."

Hating the Heroes: When Women Save the World is available to read here.


"What does any of this have to do with climate change? Gender and racial disparities are affecting what treatment people of color receive, and the matter of who gets the coronavirus and other deadly diseases is largelyshaped by environmental and economic inequities. So, the pandemic is, in fact, part of the climate crisis."

Covid-19 and Climate Change Are Killing Black Women is available to read here.

The Stages of Black Climate Grief

Give up your climate guilt. Sharpen your curiosity. This show is for the climate-curious people who know climate change is a problem, but are trying to figure out how to tackle it. We’re telling stories about the levers of power that have created the problem -- and the tools we have to fix it.

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar allows students of color to hear from and interact with the voices of People of Color on success, overcoming challenges, and following your calling. 

The mission of Raising the Bar is to shine a light on possibility, and cast a long shadow on stereotypes and limiting ideas about race. 

The world needs you, just as you are!


"Imagine cities across the globe where everyone has equal access to local jobs and critical services. Citizens are aware and involved with the design of their city infrastructure, and city departments are fully transparent as they make decisions." 

Every City Already Has Solutions for Climate Change is available to read here.



Princella Talley, who lives in central Louisiana, waited out Hurricane Laura, which passed through the state Thursday, with face masks and gloves — new additions to her disaster supplies. She pooled hand sanitizer with her family and took comfort in a favorite: a bird-themed mask.

Talley, a staffer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a climate advocacy group, said leaving home and staying in a shelter is never fun, but during pre-coronavirus storms, a bit of joy came from sheltering with friends, family or even at a public spot. “Now, the idea of seeking shelter anywhere is subtly terrifying because of COVID,” she said.

“Evacuation by bus makes it almost impossible to socially distance,” Talley said.

The pathogen also made plain the political and spiritual divides that exist in a polarized country, Talley said. Since state and federal officials are instructing the public to avoid clumping in traditional shelters like auditoriums and arenas, evacuees stay with people already in their coronavirus circles — family.

“Relatives will take you in, but the politics tied to the pandemic can create more fear and tensions,” Talley said. “What if someone feels masks aren’t necessary around familiar faces? What if masks are deemed too ‘political’? What if someone believes their faith is all they need for protection?”

Subtly terrifying: How coronavirus changed disaster response is available to read here.


Princella Talley, a diversity outreach coordinator with Citizen’s Climate Lobby—an environmental advocacy group that focuses its resources at the local level—was preparing to hunker down for the hurricane near her home in Alexandria, Louisiana, which was in the storm’s path. “Due to COVID, we sheltered in place,” she told me via email. “Social distancing was as much a priority as safely sheltering from the storm, which was frustrating. At the same time, the idea of possibly being forced to evacuate and shelter with the general public was frightening.”

Talley drove through Calcasieu Parish, to the south of her home. The experience brought “an overwhelming sadness that words almost can’t describe,” she recalls. The downed power lines and trees—many of which have landed on houses—looked surreal. “Extreme weather events like this at such a high frequency keep us in an almost perpetual state of recovery,” Talley wrote in an email.

The Moratorium on Evictions Can’t Fix the Disastrous Housing Crisis is available to read here.


“We [minorities] are hit the hardest by climate disasters because most chemical plants and highly polluted areas are embedded in neighborhoods where the majority of residents are people of color,” says Princella Talley, diversity outreach coordinator of CCL. “Being aware of what is happening nationally to address climate change is critical because not addressing climate change puts the health of our families even more at stake due to pollution that contributes to unhealthy air, water, and soil. We have to apply the pressure on political leaders to acknowledge the harm being caused and work with the most impacted communities to create more safe and fair systems, or the issues will continue and get worse.”

Climate Change is Gravely Absent From the Political Agenda is available to read here.


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