Water will erase Newtok, Alaska. Built on a delta at the edge of the Bering Sea, the tiny Yup’ik village has been dealing with melting permafrost, river erosion and decaying infrastructure for decades. To keep their culture and community intact, the 360 Yup’ik residents must relocate their entire village to stable ground upriver while facing a federal government that has failed to take appropriate action to combat climate change. In moving their village, they will become some of America’s first climate change refugees. This is a film of a village seeking justice in the face of climate disaster.
Photos by Michael Kirby Smith and Andrew Burton
Climate Justice is Social Justice
Globally, an estimated 1.4 billion people may have to move due to rising seas by 2060—but Newtok, Alaska must move now. Add your name to help secure the rights of a community displaced by climate change: patagonia.com/newtok
A Conversation with Residents on the Frontline of Climate Change
Please join us on Tuesday, April 19th at 5pm PDT // 8pm EDT for a conversation to learn more about how the federal government that has failed to take appropriate action to combat climate change, what’s at stake, what we can learn from Newtok and how our collective action can support climate justice. Featured speakers include:
– Activist, Cultural Educator + Actor, Dallas Goldtooth
– Newtok Resident and Film Subject, Della Carl
– Newtok Resident and Film Subject, George Carl
– Yup’ik Culture Bearer and Professor, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Marie Meade
– Newtok Filmmakers, Andrew Burton and Michael Kirby Smith
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