Global warming: live on video

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


In Sachs Harbor, an Inuit community in the Candian Arctic, there’s nothing theoritical about global warming. Locals hunt and fish following traditional techniques, but as the climate changes, tradition isn’t working so well anymore. Some species that have been hunted for generations, like polar bears and seals, are becoming hard to find as they move farther north. Caribou aren’t so common anymore as they now tend to fall through the sea ice, which isn’t as solid as it used to be.

National Geographic’s online NGNEWS reports that since 1998, Sachs Harbor Inuit have been participating in a video project to record the changes taking place in their formerly frozen homeland. The symptoms reach far beyond the disturbing changes in native animal migrations. Rising sea level and thawing permafrost are reshaping the landscape, cutting off road access, and causing buildings to lean. A project officer involved with the effort describes the far northern community as “the canary in the coal mine” of climate change.

GREAT JOURNALISM, SLOW FUNDRAISING

Our team has been on fire lately—publishing sweeping, one-of-a-kind investigations, ambitious, groundbreaking projects, and even releasing “the holy shit documentary of the year.” And that’s on top of protecting free and fair elections and standing up to bullies and BS when others in the media don’t.

Yet, we just came up pretty short on our first big fundraising campaign since Mother Jones and the Center for Investigative Reporting joined forces.

So, two things:

1) If you value the journalism we do but haven’t pitched in over the last few months, please consider doing so now—we urgently need a lot of help to make up for lost ground.

2) If you’re not ready to donate but you’re interested enough in our work to be reading this, please consider signing up for our free Mother Jones Daily newsletter to get to know us and our reporting better. Maybe once you do, you’ll see it’s something worth supporting.

payment methods

GREAT JOURNALISM, SLOW FUNDRAISING

Our team has been on fire lately—publishing sweeping, one-of-a-kind investigations, ambitious, groundbreaking projects, and even releasing “the holy shit documentary of the year.” And that’s on top of protecting free and fair elections and standing up to bullies and BS when others in the media don’t.

Yet, we just came up pretty short on our first big fundraising campaign since Mother Jones and the Center for Investigative Reporting joined forces.

So, two things:

1) If you value the journalism we do but haven’t pitched in over the last few months, please consider doing so now—we urgently need a lot of help to make up for lost ground.

2) If you’re not ready to donate but you’re interested enough in our work to be reading this, please consider signing up for our free Mother Jones Daily newsletter to get to know us and our reporting better. Maybe once you do, you’ll see it’s something worth supporting.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate