Alaska is often said to be on the "front lines of climate change" — particularly for the U.S., as it is warming faster than only any state. Our Planet Forward 2022 Storyfest Winners were well aware of Alaska's precarious position as they prepared to embark on Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Sea Lion for a 6-day exploration of the remote wilderness of Alaska's Southeastern coast.
Yet, the students soon learned that Alaska is much more than cleaving glaciers and oil extraction. It's home to marvelous creatures, awe-inspiring landscapes, and a deep sense of connection to our marvelous planet.
As storytellers, the Storyfest winners captured their experiences and revelations, and brought them back to the lower 48. Scroll on to read these stories and more about the astonishing sites and experiences of Alaska!
Editor's Note: Lindblad Expeditions, our Planet Forward Storyfest Competition partner, made this series possible by providing winners with an experiential learning opportunity aboard one of their ships. All editorial content is created independently. We thank Lindblad Expeditions for their continued support of our project.