Facing Climate Change
About the project
Facing Climate Change is our long-term documentary project that tells the story of global change through local people. We are currently collaborating on a series of multimedia stories that explore the impacts of global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest. From wildfire fighters and potato farmers, to coastal tribes, kids with asthma and shellfish growers, people throughout this region must confront and adapt to the consequences of warming. Their unique stories about who they are and what they do, their everyday challenges and long-term ambitions help to make an abstract issue more accessible to local audiences, while also contributing to a global conversation.
This project began with a series of stories about Sámi reindeer herders in Norway, volunteer glacier monitors from Iceland and fishermen of the North Atlantic. Over the last few years Facing Climate Change has been featured at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, in Orion magazine, Photo District News and Mother Jones, in exhibitions from Napa's Ansel Adams Fine Art Gallery to Houston Center for Photography, and as a multimedia presentation shown at a variety of venues, from conferences and prisons to universities. You can make a tax-deductible donation to support this work through our fiscal sponsor, Blue Earth Alliance.
Stay tuned to our blog for the latest updates.
Climate Impacts Group
CIG is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Washington that studies the impacts of natural climate variability and global climate change on the Pacific Northwest. We are working closely with a scientific advisor from CIG, and their recent Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment provides the scientific foundation for our work.
Washington State Department of EcologyThe Department of Ecology protects, preserves and enhances Washington's environment, and promotes the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. Ecology is helping us to secure funding, select stories and distribute the work through a series of community events.
Sightline equips the Northwest's citizens and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools they need to advance long-term solutions to our region's most significant challenges. Their reports and blog posts are a tremendous resource, and we're also grateful for their story feedback and help with publicity.
Cascadia works with clients to develop and implement solutions to twenty-first century environmental challenges, including waste, climate change, and natural resources. They are providing fiscal, technical and distribution support for our new series.
Founded at the University of Washington School of Law, Three Degrees is a climate justice project dedicated to fair and equitable adaptation strategies. They authored the story synopses.
Blue Earth Alliance
Blue Earth raises awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography. They support Facing Climate Change with non-profit, fiscal sponsorship and project mentors.
Janice Adair – Washington State Department of Ecology
Lara Whitely Binder – Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
Jen Marlow – Three Degrees
Eric de Place – Sightline Institute
Spencer Reeder – Cascadia Consulting
Many people have helped to make this work possible. We particularly want to recognize those who are supporting our new series:
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Nau's Grant for Change
Tom and Sonya Campion
Chip and Diane Steele
Libby Mills and Rusty Kuntze