Living Change is a collaborative project to document and understand the experiences of climate change among fishermen, farmers, and foresters in Maine.  Through photographs, text, and video, the project is investigating how people working the land and the sea in Maine are seeing and understanding climate change. An advisory board of farmers, fishermen, foresters, writers, and scholars informs and guides the project on communicating the impacts of climate change in Maine.

Living Change is led by Kate Olson, a writer, scholar and activist who lives in Freeport, Maine. Kate is a PhD Candidate at Boston College and holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.  She works at the intersection of sociology, environmental studies, and the digital humanities. Her research and writing explore the political economy of dam development, food systems sustainability, and theorizations of place, culture, and economy in a changing climate. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @LivingChangeMe.

Essays and Publications

Maine farmers struggle with new, harsher climate reality – (Civil Eats 2020; also posted in The New Yorker: Annals of the Warming Planet)

Forced to Pay Attention – (Maine Farms: An Annual Journal of the Maine Farmland Trust)

Maine farmers are Leaning in to the Covid-19 crisis (Buzzfeed News 2020)

Dis-ease(Earth Island Journal) *Winner of the 2021 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award. Learn more here.

Changes, Fast and Slow – (Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis, Littoral Press 2019)

To document climate change, Kate Olson went to Maine’s expert witnesses – (Portland Press Herald 2018)

Taking Concrete Steps – Land trusts and climate change (Land Trust Alliance 2018)

Hydro/Power–  (Environmental Sociology 2018)

The Town that Food Saved? – (Local Environment 2019)

The Reach of Local Foods – Unpacking the layers and networks of a local food economy (Ecotrust 2014)

Growing In Place – A Future Economy Case Study (Ecotrust 2014)