The Alaskan town falling into the sea

By Harrison Christian

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The Alaskan Town Falling Into The Sea

Project 2016-11-20 13:06:15 +1300

Help a Kiwi journalist head to Alaska to report on the devastating effects of climate change - warning signs for us here in Aotearoa.

Climate change is set to displace millions of people over the next few decades. We need to start a conversation about the damage this will inflict on countries and cultures, and the role of governments in assisting climate change refugees.

The town falling into the sea

Shishmaref is a town on a remote island off the coast of Alaska, where the effects of climate change are seen as the most dramatic in the world. More than 200 feet of shoreline has disappeared in the last 40 years, forcing some people to re-locate their homes dozens of times.

The island's 600 residents have voted to move to the mainland, but the decision is largely symbolic as the US government won't fund the estimated $180 million cost. How long before New Zealand communities end up in this situation?

US president-elect Donald Trump has already selected a prominent climate change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency's transition plans, signalling his disregard for the policies brought in by Barack Obama. This means Shishmaref's situation is now even more dire.

Aotearoa to Alaska

I hope to travel to Shishmaref in the Alaskan spring (June '17), to produce a comprehensive piece of journalism about the islanders' battle with erosion, flooding and storm surges, and to have their plight recognized as a legitimate crisis. I’ll also work to document their unique Inupiaq Eskimo culture, which is facing extinction.

This is where you can help

Funding will help with travel costs and the production of comprehensive online coverage (photos, video and a written article). 

About me

I'm a journalist based in Auckland who writes for a variety of outlets - usually multi-platform agency Newshub. Other bylines include Metro Magazine, The Wireless and The Pantograph Punch. I'm interested in how climate change is affecting people's daily lives around the world.

To see some of my work, go to:

Harrisonchristian.co.nz

Twitter: @germalist

Instagram: hc_nz

 

 

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Pledgers 58

Jeff Bell
2016-12-21 22:28:11 +1300
Haley Ashwell
2016-12-19 18:02:21 +1300

"Go Harry! Love the Ashwells"

Briar
2016-12-11 09:48:54 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2016-12-09 19:16:17 +1300

"Mr G and I look back on the days of 'idiots Inc' as without question, among our finest to date at Kristin."

Kirsty Cooper
2016-12-09 13:42:42 +1300
Rion
2016-12-09 13:10:16 +1300

"Safe journeys mate "

Wise Boys Burgers
2016-12-09 11:35:25 +1300

"Awesome stuff Harry, congrats on meeting the target! Luke"

Enny Benzonelli
2016-12-09 10:44:08 +1300

"Good luck :)"

Tobias Buck
2016-12-09 09:42:36 +1300
George Parker
2016-12-08 14:27:52 +1300
Josh
2016-12-08 12:09:06 +1300
andy stenton
2016-12-08 07:06:14 +1300

"This is something we can all do - do it!"

Nicholas Kerslake
2016-12-07 22:37:21 +1300

"Good on ya man! "

Britt Reed
2016-12-07 15:25:15 +1300
Zane Wienk
2016-12-07 13:46:43 +1300

"Fuck the photo print, hit me up for a beer."

Alex Baird
2016-12-07 12:53:36 +1300

"Go get 'em tiger! You've got all my support for this :-)"

Anonymous pledger
2016-12-07 08:20:12 +1300

"Good luck , from Nick"

Bruce Bisset
2016-12-07 00:10:29 +1300

"sry, really broke atm, all i can spare. good luck!"

Joseph Williams
2016-12-06 15:51:49 +1300
Jeremy Poff
2016-12-06 09:52:38 +1300

"I look forward to seeing your work mate!"

Jonathan James Young
2016-12-05 23:25:51 +1300
Oliver Powell
2016-12-05 22:25:55 +1300
sarah wakeford
2016-12-05 15:42:04 +1300

"A great worthwhile cause - sorry it can't be more"

Anonymous pledger
2016-12-05 14:46:11 +1300

"Here's to the halcyon days! All the very best Harrison and very much looking forward to your next story. Travel safely."

Min Jeong Kim
2016-12-05 13:54:04 +1300
Lucy Wilson
2016-12-05 12:14:47 +1300

"Best of luck Harrison. Looking forward to following your story. Cheers, Lucy Wilson (Kristin)"

Jono
2016-12-05 09:09:10 +1300
Oscar Colato
2016-12-04 10:53:15 +1300

"Keep up the good work man."

Alex McManus
2016-12-03 22:56:28 +1300
Chris Schwarten
2016-12-02 13:09:36 +1300

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The Alaskan Town Falling Into The Sea

Project 2016-11-20 13:06:15 +1300

Help a Kiwi journalist head to Alaska to report on the devastating effects of climate change - warning signs for us here in Aotearoa.

Climate change is set to displace millions of people over the next few decades. We need to start a conversation about the damage this will inflict on countries and cultures, and the role of governments in assisting climate change refugees.

The town falling into the sea

Shishmaref is a town on a remote island off the coast of Alaska, where the effects of climate change are seen as the most dramatic in the world. More than 200 feet of shoreline has disappeared in the last 40 years, forcing some people to re-locate their homes dozens of times.

The island's 600 residents have voted to move to the mainland, but the decision is largely symbolic as the US government won't fund the estimated $180 million cost. How long before New Zealand communities end up in this situation?

US president-elect Donald Trump has already selected a prominent climate change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency's transition plans, signalling his disregard for the policies brought in by Barack Obama. This means Shishmaref's situation is now even more dire.

Aotearoa to Alaska

I hope to travel to Shishmaref in the Alaskan spring (June '17), to produce a comprehensive piece of journalism about the islanders' battle with erosion, flooding and storm surges, and to have their plight recognized as a legitimate crisis. I’ll also work to document their unique Inupiaq Eskimo culture, which is facing extinction.

This is where you can help

Funding will help with travel costs and the production of comprehensive online coverage (photos, video and a written article). 

About me

I'm a journalist based in Auckland who writes for a variety of outlets - usually multi-platform agency Newshub. Other bylines include Metro Magazine, The Wireless and The Pantograph Punch. I'm interested in how climate change is affecting people's daily lives around the world.

To see some of my work, go to:

Harrisonchristian.co.nz

Twitter: @germalist

Instagram: hc_nz

 

 

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Jeff Bell
2016-12-21 22:28:11 +1300
Haley Ashwell
2016-12-19 18:02:21 +1300

"Go Harry! Love the Ashwells"

Briar
2016-12-11 09:48:54 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2016-12-09 19:16:17 +1300

"Mr G and I look back on the days of 'idiots Inc' as without question, among our finest to date at Kristin."

Kirsty Cooper
2016-12-09 13:42:42 +1300
Rion
2016-12-09 13:10:16 +1300

"Safe journeys mate "

Wise Boys Burgers
2016-12-09 11:35:25 +1300

"Awesome stuff Harry, congrats on meeting the target! Luke"

Enny Benzonelli
2016-12-09 10:44:08 +1300

"Good luck :)"

Tobias Buck
2016-12-09 09:42:36 +1300
George Parker
2016-12-08 14:27:52 +1300
Josh
2016-12-08 12:09:06 +1300
andy stenton
2016-12-08 07:06:14 +1300

"This is something we can all do - do it!"

Nicholas Kerslake
2016-12-07 22:37:21 +1300

"Good on ya man! "

Britt Reed
2016-12-07 15:25:15 +1300
Zane Wienk
2016-12-07 13:46:43 +1300

"Fuck the photo print, hit me up for a beer."

Alex Baird
2016-12-07 12:53:36 +1300

"Go get 'em tiger! You've got all my support for this :-)"

Anonymous pledger
2016-12-07 08:20:12 +1300

"Good luck , from Nick"

Bruce Bisset
2016-12-07 00:10:29 +1300

"sry, really broke atm, all i can spare. good luck!"

Joseph Williams
2016-12-06 15:51:49 +1300
Jeremy Poff
2016-12-06 09:52:38 +1300

"I look forward to seeing your work mate!"

Jonathan James Young
2016-12-05 23:25:51 +1300
Oliver Powell
2016-12-05 22:25:55 +1300
sarah wakeford
2016-12-05 15:42:04 +1300

"A great worthwhile cause - sorry it can't be more"

Anonymous pledger
2016-12-05 14:46:11 +1300

"Here's to the halcyon days! All the very best Harrison and very much looking forward to your next story. Travel safely."

Min Jeong Kim
2016-12-05 13:54:04 +1300
Lucy Wilson
2016-12-05 12:14:47 +1300

"Best of luck Harrison. Looking forward to following your story. Cheers, Lucy Wilson (Kristin)"

Jono
2016-12-05 09:09:10 +1300
Oscar Colato
2016-12-04 10:53:15 +1300

"Keep up the good work man."

Alex McManus
2016-12-03 22:56:28 +1300
Chris Schwarten
2016-12-02 13:09:36 +1300
This campaign was successful and got its funding on 23/12/2016 at 5:00 PM.