Allison’s Climate Story


Allison Schmidt


the drive between Minneapolis, MN, and Fargo, ND

How are you sensing climate change?

While I now live and work in Philly, I grew up in Fargo, ND. My family would often drive between Fargo and Minneapolis to see relatives, and we would pass by farmland and many lakes. I just remember it was always a pretty green and blue in summer that made the freezing winters worth it. This August I made the trip at the height of a drought, and the fields were all dry and brown. I actually started crying because I knew that this was a result of climate change and the possibility that millions of people (or even a billion) could go hungry became very real.

How do these changes make you feel?

At first I felt sadness and grief because I knew that things would never be the same. Then I felt a gradual acceptance and, eventually, some hope. Midwesterners have been really insulated by the effects of climate change until now, and, like some people everywhere, can even be dismissive or recalcitrant about it. I think it really gave people some pause, except for the local meteorologist who seems really into writing newspaper columns implying people are overreacting about climate change and there were droughts a hundred years ago. But extreme weather events are his bread and butter, so maybe he should just stick to the skies and leave the climate science to the climate scientists. That’s a bit above his pay grade.





Minneapolis, MN 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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