How does climate change impact the place where you live?

January 26, 2012 | 3:33 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

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When a glacier melts in Antarctica, oceans rise from the coasts of Florida to Bangladesh. As Arctic sea ice disappears, human communities break apart. When snow and ice diminish in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Californians lose a critical source of drinking water.

The climate crisis is a story of connections between global change and local impacts. That’s why we are now launching a series of local expeditions, working with our partners in many parts of the world, to showcase the diverse and global impacts of the climate crisis. No matter where we are, all of us are living on thin ice.

Yesterday, our Chairman announced our expedition to Antarctica. On this journey, we will discover firsthand how events on a faraway continent are linked to a climate crisis that impacts the entire globe. Meanwhile, we have planned several more expeditions in places most people would consider closer to home. One of them is in Brooklyn, New York, where local activists and a Columbia University scientist will show how their neighborhood will be affected by a polluted canal vulnerable to sea level rise.

On the other side of the world, we are sending filmmakers to Bangladesh to find out how this coastal country is severely threatened by the rising seas that are accompanying our changing climate. Our partners in both Ecuador and California will travel into the mountains where the snowpack, a primary source of drinking water, is on the decline. Our supporters in the far north will visit the Arctic to learn about disappearing sea ice. We’ll find out how glacial melt heightens risk of landslides and floods from Nepal to Bangladesh.

I hope you will follow us online as we go on these journeys to learn the full truth of the climate crisis. But of course, we can’t be everywhere at once – that’s why we hope we will inspire others like you to organize your own expeditions where you live.

To find out more about these expeditions, take a look at our Expedition Headquarters now. And keep checking back over the coming days and weeks as we post journals, photos and videos.