Climate Stories

How is climate change affecting global Indigenous communities?

Recent environmental changes brought on by climate change affect Indigenous people in a unique way, especially because of their relationships with the land, ocean, and natural resources.

Organized into four themes—connections to the ocean, relationships with wildlife, the power of plants, and adapting tradition—Climate Stories reveals a few of the world’s many stories of community response and adaptation.

While there are many environmental issues affecting the world such as overpopulation, overfishing, and overconsumption, this exhibition focuses on the unique impacts of climate change.

Climate Stories draws from global examples from Hawaii, Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, and more. The final section “Action Now” brings the issue home to the SF State campus and the Bay Area, highlighting faculty, staff, and student involvement in climate change research and projects, from the arts to the sciences.

Even amidst the COVID-19 crisis, a majority of Americans see climate change as a clear and present threat to the health of people in their community. Join us to explore the climate conversation.

This virtual exhibition is adapted from Climate Stories, which opened in-person at the Global Museum in 2019. Click through the carousel to view highlights, or visit the full exhibition PDF to explore the topic in more detail. In addition, check out our “deep dives,” student-developed interdisciplinary lessons designed to complement the exhibit. We will be continually adding more, so check back in the future to see what's new!



Visit the full exhibition in PDF form!

Listen to the exhibition's audio description guide for the blind/vision impaired, a project co-produced with SF State's Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability.

Deep Dives

Check back regularly to view more education materials that accompany Climate Stories, including videos, art activities, lesson plans, and more!