Adaptation

Adaptation

Directed by Alizé Carrère

With the persistence of environmental change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive methods on the ground. These adaptation strategies can be powerful places to look during a time of such uncertainty. This series presents a collection of real-life examples that showcase how people adjust, persevere, and thrive under even the most difficult of conditions. From Bangladesh to Vanuatu to the United States, National Geographic Explorer and environmental anthropologist Alizé Carrère guides us into the lives of people who are finding new ways to live in the midst of a global climate crisis. At the heart of each of their stories is a mindset that we can all learn from: when we change our approach to work with nature, transformational solutions can emerge. Instead of asking what we are losing in the process of adapting, ADAPTATION instead asks, what are we regaining?

Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, and PhD student researching and documenting human adaptations to environmental change. 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 creativity and resilience. She continues to study innovative adaptations to environmental change, and is currently focusing on the relationship between architecture, climate change and urban utopias. Alizé received both her B.A. and M.Sc. from McGill University, and is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science & Policy.