With the increase in extreme weather and natural disasters, the impact of climate change on American life is now more tangible than ever. More than 60 percent of Americans say it has already affected their communities, according to the Pew Research Center.
For many, these changes come with a new kind of mental burden: grief at a disappearing world.
How does it feel to lose a house to a wildfire and know there are more to come? What’s it like to mourn a loved one who died in a 100-year flood? If a generation-old family farm loses a year’s crop in a single storm, how does it affect the farmer’s livelihood? And how do you understand the subtler and more gradual changes – quiet forests, decreasing snowfall, and emptying lakes?
If your life has been changed by climate change, we’d love to hear from you. We invite you to submit your story using the form below and a photo or video that reflects what has changed in your life. These can be portraits of a loved one you have lost, favorite places that have changed, everyday objects that are important to you.
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