Images showing ‘real people’ doing ‘real work’ help to generate a sense of climate solutions being integrated into daily life and are likely to resonate well on the right as well as the left of the political spectrum.
WHAT IT SHOWS: A dump truck is driven onto a barge at the completion of a job to widen the beach area to protect the village airstrip from coastal erosion due to the waves of the Chukchi Sea on September 9, 2019 in Kivalina, Alaska. Kivalina is situated at the very end of an eight-mile barrier reef located between a lagoon and the Chukchi Sea. The village is 83 miles above the Arctic circle. Kivalina and a few other native coastal Alaskan villages face the warming of the Arctic, which has resulted in the loss of sea ice that buffers the island’s shorelines from storm surges and coastal erosion. The residents of Kivalina are hoping to stay on their ancestral lands where they can preserve their culture, rather than dispersing due to their island being swallowed by the rising waters of the ocean. City Administrator Colleen Swan says that the way of life in the village will change with the changing climate and they will adapt. In days gone by, they could migrate with the changes. But now, she says, with the magnitude of problem climate change brings, they must hope that the rest of the world reverses the trend, which she sees as being man-made, and save their way of life.