Nicole’s Climate Story


Nicole Bunzel


Granite Falls, WA

How are you sensing climate change?

I went in 2016 to visit the “Big Four Ice Caves” in Granite Falls, Washington. I had seen a friend post photos of how beautiful they were two year before and couldn’t wait to go check them out. I went at the end of November. Winter time, and yet, when I showed up and discovered the had dramatically shrunk down in size. I was very shocked and disappointed. Today, they no longer exist. The last photos posted of this landmark were from 2017. It is so disheartening to see natural spectacles disappearing before our very eyes because of climate change.

How do these changes make you feel?

I am very devastated by the adverse affects of climate change on the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in the San Juan Island in Washington State and have always had such a strong connection to nature. I grew up boating in Alaska and have been to Glacier bay and have felt the shear power of watching a glacier crack apart and fall into the ocean below. it is beautiful but also disheartening knowing it is shrinking.

ice caves after melting and before





Granite Falls, WA USA

Mailey’s Story

I try to gather a sense of climate change through memory.

KJ’s Story

Climate change makes me worried about our animals and species on earth and how long they have left.

Jennifer’s Story

I am sensing climate change through the increase in extreme weather.

Ninon’s Story

In my audio recording, I speak about my experience growing up competitively skiing.

Warren’s Story

Cape Town is usually very rainy but a few years ago they experienced intense water shortages.

Brandon’s Story

In my hometown of Beaver, PA, coal and steel production was historically extremely important sectors of employment.

Christian’s Story

They make me feel sad and upset that local leaders are so glib about impending threat.

Aaron’s Story

It was depressing to experience a beautiful park for the first time and see how fragile the ecosystem is.

Colton’s Story

While there, I learned about how these farmers who had lived there for their entire lives were having to adapt their food growth to an increasingly arid climate.

Wren’s Story

My family huddled up in one room with air conditioning and even with it, it was still 80 degrees in there.

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