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Issa Barte is a Filipina artist and storyteller who focuses on Filipino indigenous peoples, culture, and memory, and how these can help thread together a more holistic and collective climate discussion.

Her long term project is the Philippine Youth Atlas where, together with a team of youth leaders from around the Philippines, are preserving and documenting Filipino culture, livelihood, spirit, and memory with indigenous and frontline communities. The Atlas will be co-authored by young people from the country's 17 different regions and will be crafted into an exhibit that will discuss the lived experiences of young people in the climate crisis by touching on the  themes of colonization and de-colonization. 

As a working storyteller, she has been published in VICE Asia, National Geographic Education, Rappler, and YoungSTAR among others.

Issa is currently focusing on tracing back the impact of her National Geographic Young Explorer Grant: Stories from the Frontlines, where in 2020, taught young people from 3 indigenous or climate impacted communities how to use film photography and art to tell their climate stories. She is now tracing back where the photographs the children took end up-- usually in small treasure chests inside bedtime spaces. 

She is a National Geographic explorer, TEDx Speaker, and the Co-founder of For the Future Philippines, a youth-run NGO that works with indigenous communities for reforestation, climate action, and education. 

2023 National Geographic Meridian Grant Awardee "The Philippine Youth Atlas: Preserving and documenting Filipino Ecology, Livelihood, and Culture through the lens of the Youth" 

2021 National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee "Stories from the Frontlines"

2020 Photographers Without Borders Grantee 

2020 Gen T Tatler Awardee

2020 Youthtophia Mini Grant Awardee

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