Before the wells run dry we should know the story.

Dramatic shifts are underway around the world and communities are having trouble keeping up. The reality is none of us are keeping up and they are just the first to feel and see and impacts of these dramatic changes. Photo here and header - Daisy Carlson

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Four Pastures

Our relationship to the land and to climate is our relationship to food, to culture and to the future. We explore the ongoing story of this relationship as snows melt, fields dry out and both animals and culture change. The Andes, Mongolia, Alaska, The Rockies, Iraq, Kenya. A story of love, of challenge and of resolution.
Photo Daisy Carlson

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Four Elements

Earth, Air, Water, Metal. Can culture and technology keep up with a changing climate? Let's discover what artists, scientists, and new technology are doing to respond to the challenges that come with such precipitous change in land use, energy, water, and food. Do you have a story or idea on how to decarbonize or teach others?

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Four Children

Future generations, the children and animals who do not have a vote, what are we doing  to protect them from the ravages of climate change and the resulting conflicts arising for land, water, property and the distribution of prosperity and education. What are our responsibilities as global citizens, as politicians, as parents.
Photo Daisy Carlson

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Alaska

Barrow, Alaska. A cycle is thrown off course caused by a warming climate. Permafrost, hunting communities, and greenhouse gasses. With 8.8 million acres of Permafrost beginning to melt,  there is a chain reaction of the microbes that release methane and CO2 into the atmosphere. Methane traps 100 x more heat in the atmosphere than CO2 but until now was only 10% of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. That equation may be changing.

Mongolia

Mongolia "In the past, the country experienced widespread dzud about once in a decade, but they have recently been occurring every few years. Experts say the rising frequency is due to a combination of climate change and human activity, which has increased the size of herds to levels the grasslands cannot sustain." The Guardian

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Andes

At more than 15,000 feet above sea level, it is easy to understand why Andean people have long worshiped the elements that allow them to survive in this harsh climate. Climate change is forcing cultural change.    While governments seek technical solutions to climate-related problems, Quechua-speaking farmers in the Andes are struggling to understand events that are altering their livelihood.  Scientific America
Photo Daisy Carlson

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Do you have a story to tell about the land and climate change somewhere in the world. Share it at Four Pastures so we can see the world together.