Landscape Change in the News
Media coverage of climate change often focuses on political differences, highlights extreme events, and emphasizes the global scope of the challenge. Images of receding glaciers, wildfires, and polar bears without ice dominant the web and provide the low-hanging fruit for journalists to sound the alarm. This alarmist framing in combination with the relative dearth of solutions-focused articles, contributes to a sense that the climate change is too big and too “elsewhere” to be seen and acted upon by average individual humans.
LandTalk is based on the idea that humans experience, understand, and can create change at the scale of landscapes. Landscapes are places made up of visible natural and human features that interact at the scale of an individual person’s experience (sometimes thought of as “as far as you can see”). By focusing on landscapes, LandTalk attempts to reframe and broaden discussions of climate change to focus on the constant, inter-related, and observable qualities of human and environmental changes in local areas, often at home in one’s backyard. Such a frame also expands the conversation to not be entirely about climate, but also about economic and urban development, cultural transitions, societal trends, as well as individual human behaviors, desires, and activities.
Media coverage of landscape change is not entirely lacking, especially when describing the local effects of global climate patterns. Here are several articles that highlight such stories.
Numerous LandTalk entries discuss changes observed in backyards. Here are few entries to get you started: