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Fires, floods, melting ice and strange weather patterns. The effects of climate change can already be seen in a lot of ways, from the way someone farms, to the way a house is built, to the place someone parks their car to drink a coffee and look out over the ocean. In this episode, we bring you stories of adaptation, the small and the large.
The Great American Adaptation Road Trip
When Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein finished studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, they set off on a three month road trip in Kirsten’s Mum’s minivan. Driving clockwise around North America, they documented the ways different communities are adapting to changes in their climate.
Stories from Kirsten and Allie’s road trip can be found on their website.
Produced by Jess O’Callaghan
Music Credits: ‘Lola’ by Podington Bear, ‘Another Travelling Song’ by Bright Eyes
Even today, signs of the big 1974 flood still stand around the town of Lismore, in regional New South Wales. They serve as a reminder of the threat of the river. Wally, a Lismore resident, talks about the way the community lives when floods are often imminent.
Produced by Emma Jensen
Not a Dystopian Future
Floods and fire have been part of the landscape of Australia for a long time, but with climate change making things more extreme, what will the way we live look like? When will the way we live shift from being green to surviving in this new world? Michael Brydon tried to find out.
Produced by Michael Brydon
Music Credits: ‘Ritual Road Map’ by Calexico, ‘Sapphire’ by Bonobo, ‘Woodenmen’ by Plutonic Lab, ‘Fruitcup’ by Bell Gardens
Melbourne Features Executive Producer: Tess Lawley
Production Manager: Carly-Ann Keneally
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez
Feature’s Executive Producer: Merran Winchester
Image Credit: JCSullivan