Adapt and Thrive: Creatively Living in a Climate Changed World

Alizé Carrère

With the persistence of climate change, people across the world are experimenting with different adaptive methods to combat the harmful impact of these changes on the ground. At a time when doomsday narratives dominate the current climate conversation, adaptation plays an increasingly vital role for both its possible practical applications and as a hopeful reminder of our resilience as a species. Alizé Carrère, a cultural ecologist and National Geographic Explorer, will share her experiences from the field looking at remarkable examples of human adaptation. She has been documenting case studies in places such as Madagascar, Bangladesh, India, Norway, and the United States to reveal human ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental adversity. Collectively, the story they tell is far grander than the sum of its parts: it is one that reminds us that adaptation is one of our more important traits that has allowed our continued survival on earth.


Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer researching and documenting climate change adaptation in practice. Raised in a treehouse in Ithaca, New York, her childhood primed her for a unique perspective on what it means to innovate and adapt in response to environmental change. She lives in countries such as Panama, Madagascar, Bangladesh, and the Middle East working on topics including severe deforestation, water resource management, electronic waste, and people’s innovative adaptations to change. Her work has evolved into a greater story of creativity and resourcefulness amongst the oft-repeated narrative of climate doom. Currently, she is creating a film series that highlights the remarkable resilience of the human species in the era of climate change.

Alizé holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and International Development, and an M.Sc. in Bioresource Engineering, both from McGill University. She continues to design and lead expeditions aboard the National Geographic Orion.

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