Adaptation

Adaptation

Directed by Alizé Carrère

With the persistence of climate change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive methods on the ground. At a time when doomsday narratives dominate the current climate conversation, adaptation plays an increasingly vital role for both its practical application and as a hopeful reminder of our resilience as a species. This series presents a collection of remarkable real-life examples that showcase how people around the world adjust, persevere, and thrive under even the most difficult of conditions.

Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer and PhD student researching and documenting human adaptation in practice. In 2013, Alizé received support from National Geographic to conduct research in Madagascar, where she spent several months uncovering an unlikely agricultural adaptation in response to severe deforestation. Learning of farmers who were turning erosional gullies into fertile pockets of farmland, her work evolved into a greater story on human resourcefulness that has brought her to Bangladesh, India, Vanuatu, and the Arctic Circle. Alizé travels widely to share these experiences from the field, reminding us of the most important trait that has allowed for our continued survival on earth.