Stories by Cameron Oglesby
Cameron Oglesby is a youth environmental justice advocate, oral historian, ecologist, consultant, and multimedia storyteller. Cameron is passionate about integrating community-centered, equity-oriented perspectives into conservation, environmental policy solutions, and corporate decision-making.
Cameron received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from Duke University and is a graduate student at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. In her free time, she is a freelance reporter covering environmental racism in North Carolina’s rural communities and serves as an associate editor at Earth in Color, a creative studio created to affirm the deep-rooted connections between Black culture and nature. She is also the project coordinator and creative lead for the Environmental Justice Oral History Project, a storytelling hub at Duke that elevates the personal, place-based narratives of communities impacted by environmental injustices across the American South.
She is the first-place recipient of the Society of Environmental Journalists 2022 Outstanding Student Reporting Award, an Uproot Project Environmental Justice Fellow, an Op-Ed Project/Yale Public Voices Fellow on the Climate Crisis, a Memorial Foundation Social Justice Fellow, and a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar alumna who has written for the Nation, the Margin, Grist, Southerly, Scalawag, Environmental Health News, the Wilderness Society, and the 9th Street Journal/INDY Week.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Environmental Justice Movement in September 2022, Cameron organized a series of events that brought together movement icons and legends for discussions of environmental justice — past, present, and future. As a part of the celebration, she received the Sankofa bird symbolic torch on behalf of youth advocates across the state.
Post-graduation, Cameron will join one of the most prestigious management consulting firms in the country, McKinsey & Company, where she hopes to develop environmental justice-centered engagement and research opportunities in their growing sustainability practice.