Earth’s climate is changing at a rate that has far exceeded most scientific forecasts. Warming seas mean rising tides. Based on NASA sea-level rise projections, between 4 and 13 million Americans will be displaced from their homes by the end of this century. Whether we recognize it or not, climate change is already a part of the American story.
Eroding Edges explores the rapidly changing lives and identities of 4 coastal communities in North America: an Inuit tribe perched on the permafrost coast of Alaska; Creole fishing parishes of the Mississippi Delta; Oyster dredging watermen of the Chesapeake Bay; and the salmon peoples of Washington State and British Columbia. While these communities are vastly different in geographic and cultural heritage, they share two tragic commonalities: 1.) the land that they have called home for generations will be wiped from the map in less than 50 years, 2.) they are battling fossil fuel companies in their own backyards.
While the project bears witness to the unprecedented loss of place-based tradition, it also focuses on the quest for leadership in the face of rising tides, with an emphasis on courage and community driven solutions that are being implemented to facilitate meaningful migration and confront fossil fuel power.
Eroding Edges began as a National Geographic Young Explorer project and is now supported by Blue Earth Alliance and The Bertha Foundation. The project has been featured by National Geographic, MountainFilm, Photoville, the Yale Sustainability Summit, Documentary Matters, Zeke Magazine, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. The project is part of Dr. Victoria Herrmann's research through the National Science Foundation's Migration in Harmony Network.