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.

Project partners

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 Ecology

The 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 Institute

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 Consulting

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.

Three Degrees

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

Thank you

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
   Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
   Tom and Sonya Campion
   Lee Whitford
   Chip and Diane Steele
   Libby Mills and Rusty Kuntze
   Zoë Keating
   Art Wolfe
   Glazer's Camera

Share the stories

Web embeds

Any of the short films from this series can be embedded on your site or blog. Simply click the SHARE button while the film is playing. You can also find all the stories via our Vimeo account.

Prints and exhibits

Many of our images can be purchased as fine-art prints. We print on a Hahnemühle uncoated cold-press sheet using archival inks. We also have ready-to-hang exhibitions available for Facing Climate Change.


We frequently bring our multimedia, stills and stories about people and climate change to live audiences. We've presented at a variety of venues from colleges and prisons to film festivals and art galleries.


The images and multimedia on this site are available for editorial licensing. Please let us know if you'd like to use something you see or are interested in viewing additional work.

Contact us

By email:

By phone:
206 599 9274

Make a donation

All contributions to Facing Climate Change are tax-deductible through Blue Earth Alliance. Contact Blue Earth's Bart Cannon at 206 569 8754 or bart@blueearth.org to learn more. You can also donate online using Paypal, below.