finalist don eldon activist award

What an honor to be been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Dan Eldon Activist Award for “The Story We Want” Climate Listening Project documentary and the heroic work featured in the film of Tracey Brown Edwards and Caroline Rutledge Armijo and the communities working together fighting fossil fuels in their backyards. They connected people and inspired change by sharing their truth and love. They are my heroes. And after years of fighting – they won! Duke Energy is cleaning up the coal ash in North Carolina.

Climate Listening Project

Photo: Caroline Rutledge Armijo, Dayna Reggero, Tracey Brown Edwards

Dan Eldon was a passionate activist, artist, and photojournalist. He was fearless in his quest to help others and in his desire to tell the stories that others were not telling. Tragically, at the age of twenty-two, Dan was killed while working as a photo-journalist in Somalia. His work has appeared in several art journals and exhibitions, inspiring people around the world.

Kathy Eldon of Creative Visions Foundation, established the Dan Eldon Activist Award to honor his life and creative spirit; she presents the award to the filmmaker who best uses media to effect positive change.

My Hero Project’s mission is to celebrate the best of humanity. We are so honored the film has been selected – the big event is Dec. 4th!! They said: We admire the passion and commitment displayed by the heroism in your film to make the world a better place. We appreciate your efforts to bring these important stories to life through film.

About the film:

Dayna Reggero and the Climate Listening Project traveled across America with Moms Clean Air Force to listen to women confronting fossil fuel industries, climate change impacts, and a culture of extraction by inspiring people to share their stories and take action. We visited North Carolina to hear from women who are living with the realities of the coal industry. Tracey and Caroline worked together and inspired their community to call on Duke Energy to clean up the pollution in Walnut Cove, while fracking and climate change threatened to bring new concerns to their communities. And after years of fighting – they won! Duke Energy is cleaning up the coal ash in North Carolina.

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