Salvesen: “There’s still a sizeable portion of the population that just doesn’t believe that the climate is changing.”

That’s David Salvesen, a research associate at the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment. By producing documentary videos that feature real people in real places, he hopes to help convince skeptical North Carolinians that global warming is real.

Salvesen: “What if they heard stories from people who are like them, so farmers, and fisherman, and Christmas tree growers, and oyster growers and hunters. These are people who spend a lot of time outside; they are very observant. They’ve seen changes happen. So my interest was in capturing their stories about what they’ve seen or heard and how it affects them.”

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A life-long fisherman describing how streams are getting warmer and there are fewer trout, resonates with people in a way that scientists describing climate data does not.

Salvesen hopes to continue recording these first-person stories and eventually add interviews with scientists to explain the changes and provide more context.

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For now, his work focuses on North Carolina. But, Salvesen says the tar heel state’s diverse geography and climate makes it a perfect location for a mix of stories from people experiencing climate change first hand.

Reporting credit: Colleen Pellissier/ChavoBart Digital Media.

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Bud Ward

Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...