Laura’s Climate Story




Spartanburg, SC

How are you sensing climate change?

About 15 years ago, we planted loquat trees along our property line because their growing habit made sense for the space and because they’d been grown from seeds by my parents, so were free. Loquats typically only keep their fruits on in warmer climates than Zone 7 (ours in Upstate SC, in the southernmost county of Appalachia). Every year before last year, they’d bloomed in winter, been visited by lively bees, made tiny fruits, and then dropped the fruits after a hard freeze. But in 2019, for the first time, the fruits stayed on through the winter and ripened in abundance in May. At first, the birds seemed unaware loquats were fruits they could eat, but after a week or so, the cardinals tried them, and then the squirrels. There were more than enough for humans, too. Production this year looks even more prolific.

Yellow fruit on a tree with green leaves.





Spartanburg, SC, 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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