How Storytelling Can Make Climate Change Real
For many Americans, climate change continues to be an abstract concept that has little to do with day-to-day life. But a new series of videos recently featured on the Yale Environment 360 blog may change that. The videos, produced by the nonprofit journalism group The Story Group, detail how climate change is impacting the lives of Americans around the country.
Some videos describe how climate change is impacting Americans’ livelihoods, like ranching and oyster farming (like the young woman pictured here). Others describe the impact climate change has had on entire communities by increasing the frequency and severity of natural disasters like wildfires. According to the group’s website, the videos were produced in part to make the recently-released National Climate Assessment more tangible and relatable.
Yale Environment 360 Staff
A fire chief in Colorado whose department is battling increasingly intense blazes in the American West. A Texas rancher struggling to operate in the face of years of drought. Oyster farmers in Washington state scrambling to adapt to increasingly acidic waters that are damaging their harvests. These Americans are the subjects of videos created by The Story Group, a non-profit journalism initiative. The videos are meant to put a human face on the science behind the recently released National Climate Assessment, which stressed that global warming is already having a major impact on the United States. The first video features Elk Creek, Colorado fire chief Bill McLaughlin, whose department fought a major 2012 wildfire that killed three residents and burned 4,140 acres. “Climate change is very real,” says McLaughlin. “It’s changed my entire life.”
Watch the videos.