The Resilient Ones: A Generation Takes on Climate Change is a feature-length documentary exploring how communities are adapting to climate change in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY, seen through the eyes of high school students.
In August of 2011 Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, destroying lives and village infrastructure and upsetting the delicate ecological systems in this pristine wilderness area. Once seemingly immune to the effects of climate change, Irene exposed how even mountainous inland areas can be just as vulnerable to extreme weather events.
In the aftermath of the storm, high school students take us on a journey through the region to meet innovative leaders and experts as they search for both short-term adaptive strategies to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. Our featured students, gather experience and information as they prepare for and host the 2013 Youth Climate Summit, where 400 students meet, collaborate and draft action plans.
The film demonstrates how this region serves as a bellwether for climate change in the rest of the country and sounds a clarion call for awareness, and individual and collective response.