Gadsden Creek is only one of the Charleston water bodies with “urban creek syndrome:” contaminants from surrounding car traffic and development, reduced water intake from inflexible anti-flood infrastructure, and reduced ecological diversity. To put it simply, we don’t take care of our creeks.
The water in Charleston is rising, and there’s no way around it. Yet, developers continue to seek out low-lying and vulnerable areas for new construction, and often these developments have real, physical impacts on long-standing Charleston communities.
Vassiliki’s attention to the natural world is apparent in her work – it is her work. I’m fascinated by her ability to embody a spirit of openness, awareness, and a profound sensitivity to the spaces and the people that she encounters.
Throwing them into relief is the long side of the shed where, painted fresh over the whitewash, a vine-ripe tomato at the peak of its succulence.
Rebundling what has come undone, / marsh stems now locked by shadow’s bond
Pollen-stained air / and sun-glare quicken
In this special installment of Surge Radio, we sit down with Katie Zimmerman, Executive Director of Charleston Moves, to discuss the King St. Bike Lane in peril.
In an era of climate change, rising inequality and conflicting views on how to build the cities of the future, the specter of the American highway looms above them all.
Belvin Olasov talks with Rebecca Fanning, Al Mason, and Kate Blatt Ancaya about urban ecological design concepts that could be the future of Charleston.
Georgia Walters got in her truck and left the beach at Edisto State Park. Then she noticed something running across the road, so she slammed on her brakes.
Storytelling is as old as humanity. Chris Crolley tells the story of our birds and reminds us that it is still being written - so it's not too late.
Inbalanced systems exacerbate the climate crisis. This list of challenges and solutions is a jumping off point to get involved with climate activism in Charleston, SC.
Poetry by R.R. Setari
Poetry by Noah Meier
Poetry by Gracie Cook
Coastal Conservation League's Betsy La Force discusses what Charleston, SC's Union Pier could be.
Surge: The Lowcountry Climate Magazine is coming soon!
Surge started as a dream a little over a year ago and now we’re on our third issue!
Fiction by Twill Adams
Someone recently asked me what I hope for and I didn’t know how to answer. Of course, I hope for things and I am sure you do as well — but in the past few months I’ve begun to reconsider what it means to have hope as an activist.
Sea turtles are integral to the Lowcountry ecosystem. So, what does it really mean to #ProtectWhatYouLove?
Poetry by Zoe Abedon
Poetry by Tiffany Octavia Harris
It is imperative for Black folk to benefit from the land that we and our ancestors nurtured, and more importantly, it is imperative for us to own it.
Alternative building and infrastructure are part of our eco-futurist vision for Charleston. Root Down Designs is leading the way.
Poetry by Sofie Williams
Big Blade is a group of friend-artists that felt uniquely positioned to pool our resources and create a cooperative art space.
Charleston yogi Alexandra Seaman reminds us how yoga is a tool for activism.
At the most basic level, climate denial is expressed as a sort of “business as usual” apathy, the inability or unwillingness to change one’s daily patterns of material consumption and disposal.
Artwork by Robert Maniscalo
Poetry by Madison Hackett
Co-Editors in Chief Belvin Olasov and Sydney Bollinger introduce Surge - Issue 2 (released August 2022).
Surge - Issue 2 Featured Artwork: We Are All in the Same Boat by Sue Coe.
Sydney Bollinger spoke with queer climate activists about their experiences.
Louise Rakers of Nordic Cooking connects hygge with personal sustainability in her business and cooking classes
Experiencing climate grief is normal. Sydney Bollinger writes about the power that can be found in grief.
Can the College of Charleston be a leader on climate? Read about their current intiatives and the obstacles they have toward sustainability.
Get Lit, Stay Lit is an intiative developing resilient communities in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Poetry by Hailey Williams
"She is like possumhaw or sweetgum." Poetry by Hailey Williams
Fashion is a form of expression, but can have massive climate consequences. In Charleston, we're making sustainable fashion the norm.
How can activists take care of themselves? Writer Phoebe Crouse shares a mind - body - spirit approach to healing for activists.
Native plants are a solution to the increasing ecological simplification. Learn more about South Carolina and Charleston native plants.
Writer and artist Belvin Olasov explains the history of the climate crisis through an original comic.
CHARLESTON 2030 PROJECT Highlighting aspirational, ecofuturist visions for the Lowcountry by Belvin Olasov The climate crisis will inevitably thrust us into a different world – the question is how much of that world we’ll get to choose. For Charleston, it’s hard to find that question in a sharper form
Friends of Gadsden Creek has been working with SC Environmental Law Project to prevent the filling in of Gadsden Creek.
With Surge: The Lowcountry Climate Magazine, we aim to connect readers with the fight for climate liberation.
Mic Smith Photography has sponsored Surge since 2023.
Surge by Duke Hagerty. Surge - Issue 1 featured artwork.
Sightsee Coffee and Heron Farms are two members of the Charleston Climate Coalition's Climate Alliance.
Sydney Bollinger discusses Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy.
We can look at the earth itself as a church, or a spirit of divine power. Many eco-theologians and faith-based climate activists see a sacred connection between human and non-human.
Mary Edna Fraser is a longtime activist, and her work has been woven into the favric of Charleston's environmental movement.
Miracle Mozzee's two years in Charleston public housing living with mold, flooded floors, and pests left her desperate for change.
Weatherizing your home is a simple action anyone can take to reduce their carbon footprint and prepare for future weather events.
Hannah Noel-Bouchard spoke with two Charlestonians about their experiences with climate change and the impact it has on their lives.
The Charleston Climate Action Plan is the first step toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
The Charleston Climate Coalition came together in the fall of 2019 as a group of fired-up citizens rallying for the Global Climate Strike.