Welcome to Groundswell

Journalism should empower us with higher-level thinking & unconventional ideas.

Groundswell aims to support a healthier planet & future through critical, research-based journalism.

My name is Julia, and I am a surfer, diver, ocean lifeguard, and U.C. Santa Barbara Environmental Studies alumni, with a tremendous enthusiasm for our oceans & planet.

Groundswell began with a striking realization in my college education — that while everyday, I was empowered & educated to think critically about the climate crisis, environmental justice, and developing stronger communities, these topics remained strikingly absent on mainstream media. Ecological collapse, climate disruption, environmental justice, regenerative development, the actual science of climate change and ecology — it felt like revolutionary ideas had been shed upon me, and suddenly, I was filled with understanding and hope. If this knowledge is the way forward, it should be available to everyone. Groundswell seeks to unhinge the silence perpetuated by a spectacle-driven media and dormant political system, telling critical stories about the planet, health, justice, national security, ecological stability, and building healthy communities. 

I’ve been lucky to learn, travel overseas, and navigate the tumultuous path that is redefining our relationship to this planet and each other — this is my attempt to share it all.