A grant from the Pulitzer Center enabled me to visit Greenland in August and September of this year. The jagged and mostly uninhabitable terrain is worthy of a Jack London novel. The country is smothered by the world’s second largest ice sheet. You certainly wouldn’t want to explore it alone without knowing how to build a fire.
Journalists covering this place have focused on the rapid deterioration of Greenland’s glaciers and the apparent taming of the landscape, due to global warming. There has been little coverage, however, of the environmental changes locals are facing in everyday life and what this could mean for communities further away from this ground zero of climate change.
My expedition was two-fold: travel in the field with scientists who are documenting the impact of climate change and speak with locals who are experiencing it. I headed out to Greenland alone, armed with a video camera and enough camping gear to fill a backpack nearly the size of me.
- Image and story by Pulitzer Center grantee Jonathan Vigliotti. Greenland, 2013.