With the election of 2020 inching closer and voters continuing to weigh their options, environmental topics remain at the forefront for many. Particularly for Pennsylvanians, a 2019 Muhlenberg College poll has climate change believers at fifty-one percent. Another poll at Franklin and Marshall College sees the figure rise to sixty-eight percent. With this concern, many hope to preserve wildlife and their favorite national parks, especially the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is an urban national park located in Tinicum Township, near Southwest Philadelphia. The national park offers sanctuary to its visitors, as well as popular bird-watching, archery, and fishing sites. With its proximity to the Philadelphia International Airport, it is common for visitors to see planes in the distance during their visit.
While individuals admit nature is an escape. Politics loom over nature as people feel uneasy about the future. In conversing with the visitors of the park, they demonstrated dissatisfaction with the current presidential administration on account of the environment. They feel that more must be done to preserve and serve the environment instead of taking away from it. Because of this, voters are influenced to cherish more of the environment and invest in how they can make beneficial use of it.
In this photo series, photojournalist Kelvin Nuñez depicts the moments Philadelphia residents share with nature through their walks, hobbies, and enjoyment of the serene wildlife.