Portraits of Resilience

Crops drying up and eventually dying …the washing away of three houses
Agriculture is the science of cultivating soil, producing crops and raising livestock and the marketing of the resulting product. Here on Praslin we interviewed a 53-year-old man, Arthur Bresson, who is dedicated to farming. He left school and started farming at the age of 20. He said it’s a fun experience but it has its bad times. Mr Bresson told us a lot of information about farming.
That causes the leaves to dry up... resulting in flash floods
In the exotic Valleé de Mai found on Praslin in Seychelles, lives a wonderful creature, as tiny as my thumb -- an amazing miniature frog found only in this paradise. It makes a big sound, almost the same as a bird. Daniel Jessie, a fi eld worker, fi rst discovered it in 2009. It was found near the visitors’ centre. And you can see them mostly at night in the north of the Valleé de Mai.
Caused the turtles lot 's of problems... to protect their land and homes
We live in La Digue, Seychelles, which has beautiful tropical beaches and lots of lovely fl owers. But La Digue is being affected by climate change with unpredictable consequences. Climate change has affected the traditional way of seeing clouds, the coral reef and rising sea levels.
A critically endangered species
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher’s Fight With Climate Change
Bees are not getting enough pollen
Today we visited Mr. John Mussington’s beehives in his back yard. First we looked at the bees’ nests and we noticed that most are not really fi lled with honey. Mr. Mussington said that there is a twist in the weather and in the last two years the bees are not producing honey as they are expected.
That little strip of land protect us
There are many sand bars in Barbuda. Some are located within and around the lagoon. One of them is special and Barbudans named it Conel.
Hi! My name is Takiyah Mussington and I live on a beautiful island called Barbuda. Climate change is destroying what makes Barbuda special.
My Dad the Hunter
My dad’s name is Vasily Nosukak, he is 51 years old. He’s a hunter and he is my best teacher of how to survive here. My father and I went on a hunting trip, we got a small whale. We brought it to the village and I helped him to cut it. I also love to go to Inaghpak, I like it there so very much.
The Water is Getting Closer
My name is Evgeniya Karamalak. I am part of the local ensemble «Solnyshko». Our director’s name is Irina Kuripko. She noticed a lot of changes in our area. For the time period that she has been living here the water has become one meter closer.
My Mother and My House
My mother says that winter comes much later. Last year it came in late December. Without ice and snow winter seems not real. Birds seem don’t even migrate South for the winter anymore. Berries taste different. A few years ago it was so warm out that I walked outside with shorts on. The sun was shining so bright that puddles were steaming.
Bumblebees, Wasps and Ladybugs
My name is Selyakina Tatiana and there are a few new bugs I have never seen before. One day I was walking outside with my girlfriend and suddenly we noticed the bumblebees near the heating system. My friend is afraid of bumblebees and she stomped right where the bumblebee was, but it did not kill it because the bumblebee flew off. Then we noticed a hole, it was a beehive. And then I thought bumblebees, wasps and ladybugs are starting to multiply.
The Elders in Sireniki
Galya and I live in Sireniki. We went to visit the elders recently. Their names are Maria Rytygreu, Sergei and Irina Gorbunov and Vukvanaut. They were all born out in the tundra. When they were little, they moved to Sireniki. Maria remembers that there were few yarangas and grass was tall. Sergei and Irina said that the coast has become narrow. In the old days beach was all covered with sand. Irina says that when her mother was little, they were going over the hill on the shore, and now it all covered by the ocean.
My Grandma
My grandma Ida V Giuna was born near a landfill in the village of Sireniki. There were only a few built houses and yarangas at that time. She says that our village is built on a thick layer of ice. It’s been raining cats and dogs in the past few years and the ice has started to melt. Landslides started to happen and the ground started to sink in. They build 12-plex building houses in the 70s, during the Soviet Union. 20 years later the ice begun to melt and houses are falling apart. In the 2000s new houses were built with stilts like a jack and when the building is starting to sink, its level is regulated by a jack.
Natalia G. Protopopova
Natalia G. Protopopova - the head of the village administration of Sireniki. She came here from Magadan region 40 years ago. For the first 17 years she worked as a teacher. Then she was chosen as a head of the administration and ever since then she runs as our village.
So Many Changes in Sireniki
Oleg Rahtilkun is an Inspector of Beringia Park in Sireniki. He is 35 years old. He noticed two new birds in our area. They are swallow and blackbird. He also noted that bowhead whales and walrus are passing through our waters later than usual, and this year they even pass us by without coming into our waters.
Something Unusual
Hello, my name is Rostik. I live in Enmelen. My village is small but beautiful. Recently in our village there has been something unusual and that’s thunder and lighting. When I was a kid in 2006, in the summer time lightning struck very close by the school building. And six years later it struck again almost at the same spot. I hope in 6 years we’ll hear and see thunder with lightning again because it is an adrenaline rush.
Where did the whales go?
Hi! My name is Severina. I am 14 years old. I live on the coast of the Bering Sea in the small village of Enmelen. The population is of about 300 people. We have about five nationalities here - Chukchi, Russian, Ukrainian, Eskimos and Chuvans. The food is being transported to us by ship, but it don’t last very long therefore in order to survive, our men go out hunting. And women pick some greens and put away their food for long winter.
Our grandfather is a Hunter
Hello, my name is Julia, I’m 13 years old. My little sister’s name is Altana, she is 9 years old. We live in Enmelen. We interviewed our grandfather, his name is Dmitry Tnankav, he is 52. He was born, raised and still lives in Enmelen. He is a hunter. My grandfather in his life saw many changes in our village. He said the fall season is very long now. In the past this season, lasted about a month, and now autumn weather may last with no snow till the end of December. And because of this he can walk by foot and hunt much longer.
Climate Change in Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands is one of the most vulnerable island countries in the world when it comes to the impacts of climate change. Many things are affected by climate change in Marshall Islands, but three things are most commonly affected: coral reefs, temperature, and agriculture.
Marshall Islands Shout Out
In the Marshall Islands there are a lot of things happening. Because of global warming and the changing climate we are facing a lot of problems like the sea level rising, high waves, typhoons, dusty air, and the sun is even hotter the before. The airport link is now swept away by high tides, lines of coconut palms have toppled into the sea, the islands are getting salty. Plants, fruits and trees are dying. All we know are these kinds of trees, plants and fruits. They are our food and medicine, which are part of our culture, tradition and way of life.
Warmer Temperatures, Less Water
Yokwe! My name is Evalani Harris and I’m sixteen years old. I’ve lived in the Marshall Islands my whole life.
The Encroaching Sea
Encroaching seas in the far Pacific are filling the wells of the Marshall Islands. Waves threaten to cut one sliver of an island in two. “It’s getting worse,” says Kaminaga Kaminaga, the tiny nation’s climate change coordinator.
Our Ancestors’ Generation
Starting from the generation of our grandparents back to the generation of our great grandparents and all the way back to our ancestors’ generation -- no one ever had the problems we are facing today. They enjoyed the wealth of this planet. Today we are facing climate change. What is climate change? What is the damage we will be facing? Is climate change preventable or not?
Big Waves, Then and Now
My name is Rodney Kajidrik. I’m 17-year-old Marshallese boy living in Majuro. In 2008 there was an incident where huge waves came on land. Several houses were badly affected at that time. The waves also engulfed this part of the island.
My Homeland Forever
Tuvalu consists of eight islands and many islets. Close to the capital of Funafuti there was one very special place, where people used to play and have fun and just relax under the sun. Its name is Tepukasavilivili.
Migration and Loss of Culture
Tuvalu is made up of eight islands in the Pacific. You need a ship to travel from one island to another. The Tuvaluans have their own way of culture. They build traditional community buildings called ‘Maneapa’. The Tuvaluans have their own traditional clothes and dances to perform for people.
Only God Knows the Future
Tuvalu is small and almost cannot be seen on the map. It has beautiful Islands full of trees and has a big lagoon.
Climate Change in Tuvalu
Earth – the planet of enchanting blue skies, earth with bustling life and pristine waters – every single thing on this planet is like a treasure that cannot be replaced. However, we humans are clearly oblivious to that fact.
Satoaleapai Village
On the exterior Samoa is an idyllic place to visit because beautiful seas, the amazing beach and the swaying palm trees... but there are cracks in this interior due to climate change.
What protects our Samoa from soil erosion? It’s mangrove, and they are being affected in villages like in Fasitoo-tai. In Fasitoo-tai they have big mangrove and small mangrove near the sea.
How Climate Change is affecting our Coral Reefs?
Climate change is affecting our coral reefs. The coral is home to sea-life and when the coral dies the sea creatures that live in the coral have to find new homes. Sea creatures will have to find food somewhere else. Sea-life won’t be able to breed properly because of the heat. Some sea-life might even have to move to different areas.
Vacations Fale
Vacations Fale are on a beautiful beach called Itu-o-tane. It has comfortable fales for tourists to stay or sleep in. Itu-o-tane has everything -- a beach with soft white sand, beautiful fales, the shiny blue sea and fantastic waves that can make noise as loud as thunder. I don’t know if it has everything you would want?
Too Many Bees, Not Enough Honey
Bees, bees everywhere. The number of bees in Samoa has increased, however most of them are dying. What’s to blame? Can we blame climate change for that?
Vaiala Beach School Adapts
I‘ve always wondered why Vaiala Beach School is up on a hill in Vailima instead of at the beach in Vaiala. I spoke to Lorraine Williams the principal of VBS and she told me this is why we moved:
Planting Mangroves with the President
Yesterday the President of Kiribati, Anote Tong planted Mangrove trees with the youth. The Mangroves are important as they help hold the sand together against further coastal erosion and also acts as a barrier or sea wall from the ocean.
Climate Change from a Christian's Perspective
What does the Bible tell us about our environment?“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Our Sinking Heritage
Coming out of the mangroves we saw the island of Bau lying still in thedistance, waiting patiently, as if she was expecting us for thousands of years. The rain pelted down on us as we visited Mateiweilagi, the residence of the Vunivalu (High Chief) who is from the Cakobau Family. Unfortunately, the soil here is being washed away.
Rainforest in the Pacific Ocean
Namada Village is located in Kulusei, on the western side of our main island, Fiji. They have set up a “Taboo” or Marine Protected Area (MPA) where no one is allowed to collect any sea shells, crustaceans or fish.They have started a very hard process of regrowing corals by breakinga small branch from the parent colony.
Sinking Beneath the Waves
Serua Island is a very small but beautiful island located off the south coast of Viti Levu between Pacific Harbour and the Coral Coast. The island has about 30 homes and almost everyone fishes for a living.
The Sea - It's Stealing Our Land
A cemetery, which is now part of the ocean, is evidence of sea level rise. Families used to enjoy horse racing on the beach that is now part of the ocean.
People are not Wealthy
Most of the people who live in these communities are not wealthy and get by on subsistence farming and by selling their produce at the local markets. They cannot afford to keep relocating every time the sea level rises or when land is lost due to other related problems.
Hockey Season
The arena in Pangnirtung used to open October or the beginning of November. Now it opens the end of December or beginning of January. The ice doesn’t freeze as much as it used to because of climate change.
Auyuittuq - The Land that Never Melts is Melting
The Inuktitut word Auyuittuq means “the land that never melts.” In the past, the glaciers in the park melted at an average of one metre per year.
Commercial Fishing
This summer me and my step-dad went commercial fishing. We needed at least 1175 pounds [530 Kg] of Arctic char.
Our Weather in Pangnirtung
We interviewed an elder named Joanasie Qappik. We asked him questions about how the climate has changed.
The Meltdown
About five years ago the sea ice used to take longer to melt. It lasted about 10 months but now it’s only 8 months.
Glacier + Hunting
My grandfather and my dad go out hunting to the same place each year and they see the same glacier each year, and it is melting and melting.
If the Poles Melt
If global warming makes the poles melt, which causes the sea-level to increase:
Climate change is affecting our ocean. Fishing and aquaculture is Norway’s second most important industry. The temperatures in the ocean are rising.
Plant life and climate change
There has been a big change in the fauna. Some plants have decreased in number, such as birch and other trees.
Interview with Sigrid Persen
— What’s your name, and how old are you? “My name is Sigrid Persen, and I’m 79 years old.”
Weather Changes
Hi, I am a 14 year old boy from Norway and I am writing about the weather changes caused by climate change.
Reindeer Herding
We travel a long distances with reindeer in the spring. If there is less snow on the ground it will be more dif?cult to drive with the snowmobile and it will get harder to graze the herd.
Coastal Erosion in The Seychelles
Climate change is becoming a big issue to the islands of the Seychelles. Our pictures show that sea level rise contributes to soil erosion across the shoreline.
Fishing in the Seychelles
According to local fishermen, these days they have to fish deeper because the sea surface temperatures are rising and fish are going deeper in the ocean.
How Local Culture is Affected by Climate Change
If the climate begins to change it may start to have an effect on cultural aspects of life on our islands. Traditionally our houses were built on pylons to reduce the impacts from occasional flooding.
Greenland with no ice?
Hi, my is name Michael. I’m sixteen years old I live in Uummannaq and I think this climate change may change the lives of many people of Greenland . I hope someone can do something fast so our way of life will not change.
Greenland’s inland ice is melting
Greenland’s inland ice is melting. Maybe Greenland is going to be like a green land. Maybe there will be strange animals and new vegetables.
Fish Factory
This picture is taken in Uummannaq’s ?sh factory. People are working with the halibut. The factory is very important for our town, because it gives work for many people. It is the only factory here.
The sun used to come February the 4th, but now it comes one day earlier. The reason why it comes earlier is climate change.
Grandmother and White Seal Skin
My grandmother’s name is Else Broberg. She is 60 years old and she works with white seal skin. She makes boots for everyone in my family and she makes pearl beaded costumes for the girls.
Seal Hunting
Seal hunting is the most important thing for me. That’s because my father used to take me along when he was hunting seals. I like seal hunting a lot.
The Old Sea Wall
When I was a small child, my friends and I used to go on top of the sea wall and play. Our parents didn’t want us to go out there but we would rather play there than be at home. The sea wall was made out of cement blocks.
One of the biggest things that has changed in my village, due to global warming, is the ice is melting when we need it to hunt sea mammals in spring time. Global warming is causing rising land and ocean temperatures which keeps the ice from forming as solidly as it should.
The elders told us how to hunt. One of the elders told us they used harpoons to get seals and walrus. He also told me they used sink hooks to get the seal or walrus out of the water.
The Need for a New Runway
A long time ago we used to have a north-south runway for planes. When larger planes wanted to land, we found out that our runway was too short. Other villages just lengthened their runways, but we couldn’t because we’ve lost too much land off the north shore due to the erosion caused by global warming.
Did you ever lose your home? Have you been homeless? We are about to lose our homes -- from erosion. Most importantly, erosion eats our Island and we have less land. Erosion happens from our ocean. The ocean takes away land from our Island. It takes away our land by taking sand and moving it someplace else. And when storms come it takes lots of land.
A piece of Barbuda’s land, in the water
Hi, my name is Jaqua’sha Teague. I am a teen living in Barbuda. Over the past few years erosion has played a very important and harmful role in Barbuda. Some of my schoolmates and I took a trip with Ms. Christine Germano to one end of the island to learn more. (Ms Germano was our photography teacher for this project.)