SHADIA FAYNE WOOD
FOUNDER & CO-COORDINATOR
Shadia is Co-Coordinator of the Survival Media Agency and is media director and photographer. She became an advocate for justice and the environment at an early age. At seven she got involved in a campaign to address the cancer cluster in her community that was caused by toxic waste. Though young, she spearheaded a successful eight-year campaign to pass state legislation to refinance the Superfund Program in New York State.
She is a recipient of the prestigious Yoshiyama Award and the Brower Youth Award from the Earth Island Institute. Shadia worked for the Environmental Justice & Climate Change Initiative as the youngest Campaign Coordinator in the Energy Action Coalition. She was featured in the 2007 Green Issue of Vanity Fair and is a recipient of Elle Magazine’s 2008 Green Awards. Her photos have been featured in the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, MSNBC, and the front page of the Hufffington Post.
Shadia is the founder and Director of Project Survival Media, a global youth media network that produces photo and video documentaries on climate change. She has managed photography teams for all major actions in the DC area on the Keystone XL pipeline, for all the national summits on climate change in the US Power Shift ‘07, ‘09, ‘11, and ‘13, as well as coordinated the media teams for the Youth Delegation at UN Climate Negotiations in ‘08 and ‘09.
ROBERT VAN WAARDEN
FOUNDER & CO-COORDINATOR
Robert van Waarden is Co-Coordinator of the Survival Media Agency and is a Dutch-Canadian photographer and storyteller. He grew up in Canada exploring the mountains, the coasts and anywhere he could get ‘out’. After working in a commercial photography studio in Montreal he set out on his own and moved to the Netherlands. Attending the UN Climate Negotiations in ’07 led him to turn his lens on climate change.He is known for his work on climate change and it has led him around the world. He has photographed the Arctic, the Oil Sands of Alberta, four UN climate talks, the deserts of Oman, the mountains of Austria, the fjords of Norway and the beaches of South East Asia. He has worked for National Geographic Traveler, Canadian Geographic and a host of NGO’s and organizations. His work has been exhibited at the UN in New York, on Trafalagar’s Square in London, Ioannina, Greece and numerous other venues around the world.
He strongly believes that positive and empowering imagery will help solve the climate crisis and visual communicators are essential to building a just, thriving world.