Victoria Herrmann presenting climate change impacts in Shaktoolik, Alaska at the National Geographic Society. Photo: Wesley Della Villa
Telling and sharing stories, from the scientific to the personal, is one the most important tools we have to survive climate change. Stories help us to share facts, knowledge, and experiences about the causes and effects of a warming world. But more than just educational tools, stories are how we make sense of the world we live in. The story you read in the newspaper or the documentary you watch on Netflix holds the immense ability to shape what we see and don’t see. Those visibilities and invisibilities shift our perspectives. And it’s those perceptions upon which we base our actions.
We are at a point today where every decision we make counts in deciding what America’s climate change story will be – including the fundamental decision of how we tell climate change stories. In this video, Managing Director Victoria Herrmann presents a story of hope and heroes from Shaktoolik, Alaska as part of her research project America’s Eroding Edges. The talk, given on June 23, 2017 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, is part of the Creative Mornings series.