The stories of Alaska: Sustainability and resilience on a grand scale

National Geographic Sea Lion off the coast of Alaska

Our Planet Forward Storyfest 2018 grand prize winners traveled this June on Alaska Airlines to Sitka. Their destination? The Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Sea Lion for an 8-day exploration of the incredible ecosystems along the coastal wilderness of southern Alaska.

The seven students who traveled with us were tasked with documenting their experience, the science, the differences between Alaska and the Lower 48. The resulting stories reveal how climate change is impacting the region, and how Alaskans are reacting to the shift. We also look at sustainable fishing, how the state balances its resource rich territory with the need for conservation, and why it's just so easy to fall in love with the state. 

Scroll down to read these stories and more in our Alaska series!

Planet Forward in Alaska
Front: Planet Forward Digital Media Producer Laura Whaling, Ashley Gallagher, Emily Arnold; Row 2: Shandra Furtado, Navya Pothamsetty, Katherine Baker; Row 3: Planet Forward Faculty Explorer Dr. Imani Cheers, Planet Forward Director Dan Reed, Planet Forward Founder Frank Sesno, Vanessa Moss; Back: Planet Forward Advisory Board member Michael Silberman, Alex Rubenstein. 

 

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The sun sets on Day 1 in Alaska. (Planet Forward)

The George Washington University
Storyfest 2018 winners traveled to Alaska in June, exploring its ecosystems and finding the stories of sustainability. In story two of our series, watch a video documenting the resilience found in the 49th state, and read Alex's take on the trip.
Alaska coastline

Mountains along the Alaskan coastline. (Planet Forward)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Georgetown University
Storyfest 2018 winners traveled to Alaska in June, exploring its ecosystems and finding the stories of sustainability. This is the first in our series, where we introduce you to Alaska's grand scale and unsurpassable beauty.

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