With little more than an audio recorder, Devi Lockwood has been travelling on a green touring bike, covered in stickers with a jaunty yellow flag flying off the back, across the Southern Hemisphere for more than one year.
Wearing simple cardboard placards that say “tell me a story about water” or “tell me a story about climate change,” the 23-year-old American has traversed Fiji, Tuvalu, Australia and New Zealand to collect tales from locals about how climate change is affecting them. After months on the road, she has found stories of water, wildlife and weather, but most of all, people willing to share their lives with her.
Originally from Boston, Lockwood studied folklore and mythology at Harvard. While doing her senior thesis, she took a bike trip down the Mississippi River collecting stories and writing poems inspired by people she met along the way.
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“I fell in love with travelling by bicycle, and all the magic that happens when I’m travelling alone,” she said. “The farther down I got on the Mississippi River on that journey, the more stories people were telling me. About water, climate change, the changing coast line, and more intense storms that lend to the land being worn away.”