New Snapchat Spectacles series documents extraordinary people fighting to save our ailing planet

Alex Lasker
·2-min read

Right now, the world is at a defining, pivotal moment in the fight against a climate catastrophe.

And while it’s easy to perceive our current situation as bleak, hope is still out there, as is evident by the extraordinary young people who are fighting to save the planet in rather unexpected ways.

First Person, the first Snap Original to ever use Spectacles by Snap Inc. to tell stories through the eyes of its subjects, follows 10 incredible innovators around the world at the frontline of the fight to protect the Earth and its inhabitants.

Credit: Snapchat
Credit: Snapchat

Hosted by “mobile journalist” Yusuf Omar, the series documents the daily lives of inventors, professionals, activists and citizens with unusual jobs in fields ranging from beauty and energy to engineering, marine biology and animal rescue and the ways in which they are actively combating global warming and environmental destruction.

The visually immersive show captures these changemakers’ experiences as they appear through their own eyes via Spectacles by Snap Inc., providing a rare, more intimate look at their revolutionary work.

Season one of First Person launches on Nov. 18 and follows eco-warriors like 28-year-old innovator Assumpta Khasabuli, who makes hair out of leaves to fight plastic pollution in the weave industry, and 27-year-old marine biologist Talitha Noble, who will make you think twice about using plastic straws. Their stories are just two of the extraordinary journeys that viewers will be able to follow along with in the new series.

Omar, who has been wearing Spectacles every day since 2016, says that he hopes the remarkably unique perspective provided in First Person will help viewers contextualize the impact climate change is having on communities around the world in order to better relate to it.

“The old saying goes, ‘Walk a day in somebody’s shoes to understand their world,’” Omar explained to In The Know. “I really feel like when you watch stories that are told from somebody’s perspective, from somebody’s eye level, you really start to empathize with them and understand what their life is like.”

“I hope when people are watching First Person, they feel like they are that person for a little while,” he added. “Because if we do that, we start to consider how climate change and environmentalism is impacting people sometimes far away from where we are and how all of this is connected and how we have to all work together to solve these problems.”

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