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Alizé Carrère explores how communities around the globe adapt to environmental changes

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National Geographic explorer, film maker and scientist Alizé Carrère. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

With COP26, the United Nations climate change conference, underway in Glasgow this week, there’s renewed focus on the effort to tackle climate change. 

President Biden said the US aims to be a net zero emissions economy by 2050 and other countries are making similar promises. But adapting to climate change has to be part of the strategy too. 

National Geographic explorer, film maker and scientist Alizé Carrère has spent the last seven years visiting communities around the globe and talking to them about how they are adapting to profound environmental changes. Carrère documents her work in a series that debuted on PBS in September:  Adaptation.  

“Adaptation is really sort of one piece of the puzzle,”  says Carrère. 

“I think that when we talk about climate change, mitigation, i.e. addressing the sources of climate change, still should remain the main area of focus. But adaptation is the reality for so many…and how we live with the changes and consequences of climate change is a huge part of reality for many people around the world and will continue to be so even if we were to completely shut off all machines tomorrow.”

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Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »