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Vol. 29, No. 3: Snapshot: Climate

Snapshot: Climate

Vol. 29, No. 3  //  fall 2023

The Snapshot: Climate issue features more than 60 photographs and accompanying short reflections from artists, activists, photojournalists, and scientists to provide a “snapshot” look at climate impacts across the South.

Table of Contents

Making the Invisible Visible

For a Climate Future

by Angel Hsu
Climate change is rapidly transforming our world in ways both visible and invisible. Greenhouse gas pollution—invisible to the human eye—is causing climate change, with widespread impacts to which we now bear witness. Rising temperatures have caused the loss of more than 28 trillion tons of Earth’s ice between 1994 and 2017, roughly the volume of »
Photo Essay

Snapshot: Climate

by Southern Cultures
The Snapshot: Climate issue features more than 60 photographs and accompanying short reflections from artists, activists, photojournalists, and scientists to provide a “snapshot” look at climate impacts across the South. As climatologist Angel Hsu writes in the issue’s introduction, we set out with this issue to make the “invisible visible,” “using images and words from the »

“Climate Change Is an Everything Issue”

by Katharine Hayhoe, Bryan Giemza
Katharine Hayhoe is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She is also Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Hayhoe has published over 125 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and coauthored Downscaling Techniques for High-Resolution »

Before the Streetlights Come On

Black America's Urgent Call for Climate Solutions (An Excerpt)

by Heather McTeer Toney
“Compassion and action for the planet cannot exist without compassion and action for the people on it.” While visiting Sarasota, Florida, my husband agreed to join me in doing something I absolutely LOVE and completely unrelated to work—foot massages. We found a quaint little spot in a quiet retirement community. It wasn’t overly glamourous—average size »

Confessions of a Climate Scientist

by James W. C. White
I misspent my youth wandering the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, spending as much time as I could on long camping trips into the backwoods. It was there that I found where my internal compass pointed, namely, toward a longing to understand how the earth and its environment worked, why and how »

The Inner Banks

A Drive Home

by Megan Mayhew Bergman
I have lived on a small farm in southern Vermont for the last thirteen years. One year, it simply did not snow, and the low-grade environmental anxiety I’d been swallowing blossomed into something ferocious, blocking my imaginative impulse. I felt as though I couldn’t write fiction anymore. I poured my energy into becoming an environmental »
credit: Erin Jane Nelson

Back Porch

Snapshot: Climate

by Marcie Cohen Ferris
“We all struggle with interior storms in these challenging times. Strength lies in action and solidarity.” This extraordinary Snapshot: Climate issue marks the beginning of a year and more of contemplation—and celebration—of the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Southern Cultures and the Center for the Study of the American South in 1993. The issue’s »

Letters to a Black Boy Buried in Texas

by Faylita Hicks
Dear Remnant of my Amen,          All of these hours are swinging open,doors you will never walk through. Dear Progeny of my Exhale,          So be this exile from the State; return againon virtue of your breath if it be at all an option, if not— Dear Son of »

Snapshot: Climate // Lesson Plans

by Southern Cultures
These lesson plans were developed through the “Portraits of Climate Change” initative—a collaboration between Southern Cultures, Carolina Public Humanities, and NC Community Colleges. They are designed to assist high school and college instructors interested in using Snapshot: Climate to empower their students to employ the arts and humanities and reflect on climate change in their »
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