PI-CASC fellow named finalist in environmental journalism competition

Farron Taijeron stands in front of a wildfire site in Merizo, Guam.
Farron Taijeron visits wildfire sites in Merizo, Guam.

PI-CASC Climate Adaptation for Resource Management (CARM) fellow and Guam native Farron Taijeron was recently selected as a finalist in Planet Forward’s 2024 Storyfest competition.

Taijeron, a University of Guam agriculture and life sciences undergraduate, participated in the competition’s “Best Video by a Non-Media Student” category. His piece, titled “Conservation in Guam: When Public Health meets Planet Health,” reflected on his environmental conservation journey of documenting issues that threaten Guam’s natural resources through social media. Through his social group, the Guam Extreme Cleanup Crew, he leads volunteers to conduct island cleanups in areas that are difficult for the average person to reach, like cliffsides or dense jungles. The overarching message in his video was to encourage individuals to integrate environmentally conscious actions into their everyday hobbies and outdoor physical activities.

Taijeron will be heading to Washington, D.C., in April to attend the 2024 Planet Forward Summit, where he will join other Storyfest 2024 finalists in finding out who the winners of each category are. PI-CASC is proud of his achievement and will be rooting for him!

Farron stands in front of an active wild fire.