Released every Wednesday, North Country Climate Stories is a new video and audio series by Clarkson University’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE). We want to community members in Potsdam, NY as well as New York State’s greater North Country, including the Adirondack Park.
Our hope through this project is to collect and share content that exposes the reality of climate change here and now. Rather than talking about global average temperature changes, which can seem abstract and irrelevant, we are more interested in how climate change has affected people’s lives who live here in the North Country. We can see everything changing in front of us. What does it mean for us as a community as our recreation and work adapts to new normals? Here is an incomplete list of some climate story subjects that we have collected or are hoping to gather in the future:
- Plowing in Potsdam
- Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks
- Animals surviving with more freeze-thaw cycles in winter
- Maple syrup season
- Cross-country skiing in December
- Harvesting fruits
- Gardening with new vegetables
- The Ice Palace in Saranac Lake
- Hunting season
- Days over 100 degrees
- Ice climbing
Climate change is happening now. It’s happening here. And it’s affecting us. This project was inspired by the Climate Stories Project and some of the work that our friends at Paul Smith’s College have been doing with telling these stories. Please check out their work!
Do you have a climate story you’d like to share? Email Alex French at firstname.lastname@example.org.