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
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