Julia Ilhardt - 2021 Journalism Senior Colloquium
From Margo Bresnen on May 1st, 2021
Newtok, Alaska, is a community of 400 indigenous Yup'ik persons. Since the 1990s, Newtok has been in the process of relocating ten miles downriver to Mertarvik, but only a handful of new homes have been constructed. Like dozens of other remote Alaskan communities, Newtok is rapidly losing ground to thawing permafrost, an eroding riverbank and flooding. Newtok's relocation has been mired in political and financial difficulties, leaving a village split in half. Newtok calls into question the sustainability of life in the Alaskan arctic and highlights the very tangible consequences of climate change for some corners of America.