Story 1 of 5 - May 10, 2022 - Seattle, WA, United States
National Geographic Society & the Pledge partner to support climate storytelling
The collaboration will support National Geographic Explorers documenting the global climate crisis as part of the Society’s Global Storytellers Fund.
Storytelling has the ability to change the world, to show people things they couldn't imagine or that they can’t see. To change the way they think, the way we act. Science often provides the intellectual framework, appeals to your head, but storytelling can go to the heart.
The Climate Pledge is collaborating with the National Geographic Society to support climate storytelling as part of the Society’s Global Storytellers Fund. Over the next three years, we will empower 15 National Geographic Explorers to document the global climate crisis through authentic storytelling and illuminate the challenges, solutions, and communities on the front lines. The collaboration will also support up to 45 mentees as part of the Society’s Second Assistant Program, which empowers early career women and storytellers of color by training them and placing them in the field alongside National Geographic Explorers.
The first five National Geographic Explorers to be supported through this collaboration include:
Climate resilience in communities facing glacier melt in the Himalayas, Alps, and the Andes
Peatland ecosystems globally focused on five significant peatlands in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Northern Europe
- Miora Rajaonary
Climate impacts on food supply and agricultural solutions to Southern Madagascar’s “Kéré,” or period of hunger
Traditional Indigenous methods of conservation land-management and climate change mitigation communities in Russia’s Bikin National Park and Palau
Climate and environmental justice in the Southern United States
Project Spotlight: Black Glaciers of Tierra del Fuego
Peatlands are a type of wetland with accumulation of organic matter in basins generally of glacial origin. They form when the deposited organic material exceeds the decomposition in a lagoon or swamp after glaciers left. Peatlands are considered one of the largest biological carbon deposits in the world. They are common in North America, Northern Europe, and Patagonia. The Island of Tierra del Fuego houses 95% of the peatlands of Argentina, including those of Peninsula Mitre, the largest in South America. Fuegian peatlands arose as a result of the decrease and disappearance of glaciers, and may be up to 18 thousand years old. Many times these peatlands are known as BLACK GLACIERS.
National Geographic Explorer, Argentina
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