The Guardian has a multi-part, video heavy media set on climate refugees in America. I’d argue that the title “first” is a misnomer and would point to the coastal communities in Texas, New Orleans, and the Carolinas who’ve been retreating from the coasts for several years. But, the point is made - that sea-level rise and coastal erosion is much more aggressive than at anytime in history. Thus, tens of thousands of people are at immediate risk, especially the poor.
The above is one minute.
The people of Newtok, on the west coast of Alaska and about 400 miles south of the Bering Strait that separates the state from Russia, are living a slow-motion disaster that will end, very possibly within the next five years, with the entire village being washed away.
The Ninglick River coils around Newtok on three sides before emptying into the Bering Sea. It has steadily been eating away at the land, carrying off 100ft or more some years, in a process moving at unusual speed because of climate change. Eventually all of the villagers will have to leave, becoming America’s first climate change refugees.
Some great work here!
We also forget to note that due to up river filtering and down stream levees the Mississippi River is not carrying nearly as much silt down to the Delta.
Happy Friday you monkeys
“Sea of Tears”
My piece for the Bad Robot Show at Gallery 1988 West on Friday.
Luka, a twelve year old boy with the degenerative disease known as muscular distropy, wished to see himself doing things his physically capabilities would not allow. Slovenia photographer Matej Peljhan granted his wishes in her photo series “Le Petit Prince.”
We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean, because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag. — Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore (via wethinkwedream)
(Source: her0inchic, via mistymadonna)