The first time M Jackson visited NYC, she stayed in my miserable little railroad apartment in South Williamsburg. M, who grew up on a farm and spent much of her childhood in Alaska, looked out my window and onto my fire escape and asked “but… where do you keep your cattle?”
Fast forward a few years, and now M, a cultural geographer and glaciologist is working primarily in Iceland where she studies the relationship Icelanders have with their countless glaciers, inevitable melting because of human activity, and that impact on their culture and livelihoods. Through our work with National Geographic, we’ve been able to hike up a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull and observe first hand, how alarmingly fast our glaciers are melting. Something that should happen on a geological scale, is observable in one human lifetime, and M has been personally watching this particular glacier recede over the years.
Despite the drastic changes humanity has done to alter the landscape, M has a lot of hope that the human race will go on adapt to the changing world and somehow continue. I’m happy to share a leaky tent in the subarctic with this lady because her passion for the work she is doing is contagious.