In Shishmaref, Alaska, new seawalls are constructed while residents navigate the many practical and bureaucratic obstacles to moving their entire island village to higher ground. Farther south, inland hunters and fishermen set out to grow more of their own food—and to support the reintroduction of wood bison, an ancient species well suited to expected habitat changes. First Nations people in Canada team with conservationists to protect land for both local use and environmental resilience. In Early Warming, Alaskan Writer Laureate Nancy Lord takes a cutting-edge look at how communities in the north—where global warming is amplified and climate-change effects are most immediate—are responding with desperation and creativity.
This beautifully written and measured narrative takes us deep into regions where the indigenous people who face life-threatening change also demonstrate impressive conservation ethics and adaptive capacities. Underpinned by a long acquaintance with the north and backed with scientific and political sophistication, Lord’s vivid account brings the challenges ahead for us all into ice-water clarity. - Publisher's Description