18 March 2022

#AntarcticLog: (Climate) refugees

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.

Sometimes there just aren’t words to express my response to what’s going on. That’s what led me to comics in the first place — a grievous story of walrus stranded by climate change — and it’s what leads me on. What “does not compute” in words can make a connection in visuals. 

Reading stories about the flow of Syrian refugees last summer, I imagined the rising tide of migrants that would result from climate change. And now, comparing those stories with the stories of Ukrainian refugees — both because of war — I note the differences, which are already reflected in which communities are most affected by climate. 

Who can imagine that race isn’t part of the equation? 

Little nuts matter to mama bears and all the bears. All the little nuts require food and room to grow and thrive. 

#AntarcticLog always does come down to science. But what is science besides observing, asking questions with an open mind, and understanding? 

Next week: a landmark discovery

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram