About Imagine If
Imagine If is a podcast about climate resiliency, where we hear stories from high school students who are experiencing the real-life impacts of climate change and trying to find solutions in their communities. And then we pass them the mic to ask experts about how to tackle these global challenges.
Our show is hosted by Christiane Maertens and brought to you by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and National Geographic.
It’s no secret that severe weather patterns have been seriously impacting our communities—from category 5 hurricanes to year-long droughts. We’re living in a moment where these massive environmental challenges can sometimes feel unbeatable. NAAEE recognizes the power of individual students to imagine change and create solutions. We launched Imagine If to share the stories of students and their communities. Each episode has elements of environmental education woven throughout, and we hope our show inspires you to imagine if.
For more than four decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world. NAAEE is dedicated to strengthening the field of environmental education and increasing the visibility and efficacy of the profession.
NAAEE’s influence stretches across North America and around the world, with members in more than 40 countries. NAAEE and its 54 state, provincial, and regional Affiliate organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico have more than 20,000 members. These members are professionals with environmental education responsibilities and interests across business, government, higher education, formal (K–12) education, nonformal education, early childhood education, science education and STEM, and other sectors of society.
Imagine If is made possible by generous support from NAAEE, National Geographic, and Wells Fargo.
Behind The Mic
Christiane Maertens (Kris-tee-on-ah Mair-tens) has a passion for making the natural world accessible, exciting, and inspiring. As the Executive Producer + Host of Imagine If and Deputy Director of NAAEE, she built a professional team that facilitates the largest and most diverse environmental education network in the world. Previously at the Walt Disney Company, Christiane pioneered the integration of environmental and STEM education throughout the enterprise. In 2017, she was named a National Geographic Explorer for Imagine If. More than anything, Christiane is passionate about experiential learning that empowers the next generation of leaders to discover what they love about science, the planet, and their communities. Born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from El Salvador and Germany, Christiane also co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC).
Danielle is the Senior Producer for Imagine If. She previously worked at WHYY public radio as a Morning Edition producer and interned at WNYC for the shows Only Human and Studio 360. She’s a proud Seven Sisters alum of Barnard College, where she produced radio about the Barnard archives and led arts coverage at Columbia University’s radio station, WKCR. In her free time, she enjoys making lemony soups and teaching youth radio.
Kristen Kunkle is NAAEE’s Research & Program Manager. With over a decade of experience working at the nexus of environmental and human systems, Kristen’s background spans environmental education research and practice, conservation psychology, citizen science, coastal ecosystem restoration, marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, and literary eco-criticism. With an M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation and a B.A. in American Literature and Cultural Anthropology, Kristen is passionate about understanding the complexities of human societies and behaviors as a pathway for moving people toward a more sustainable future. In her spare time, you can find Kristen enjoying all water activities, overthinking pretty much everything, and kickboxing.
Liza is an Associate Producer and editor for Imagine If. She’s also a freelance audio producer based in New York City, where she likes to make stories about history, feelings, and the American West. Previously, Liza was the first-ever intern at NPR’s Story Lab, and just a regular intern at WNYC’s Radiolab. Liza holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown, where she won the Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction.
Sai is NAAEE’s Communications & Web Specialist. Sai’s diverse background includes previous experience in the fields of consumer and marketing research, non-profit urban arts education, and publishing. With a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in English & American Literature from New York University, Sai brings a unique perspective to communications efforts, managing NAAEE’s social media, growing the eePRO online community, and supporting NAAEE’s technology team with website content management and moderation. In her free time, you might find Sai dancing at a concert around DC or baking delicious treats in her kitchen.
Julia Farber is a Co-Developer of Imagine If. She has spent over 12 years working in the environment and sustainability fields advising companies and non-profits on strategy, marketing, business development and government affairs. She is passionate about sustainable urban development, politics, and learning about how the world works. In her spare time, she travels to see friends and family, indulges in the latest pop culture hits, and is constantly trying to convince people she can sing, dance, and cook.
Stephanie Perea is a Co-Founder of Imagine If. Her background includes producing immersive experiences where technology and creative meet to create innovative storytelling experiences. Her varied portfolio of work explores how people engage with each other to create and to tell their own stories. Stephanie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Shiba Inu, Max.