Jessica Reilly: Climate Change and Adaptation 2015-2017

Jessica Reilly: Climate Change and Adaptation 2015-2017

reilly_route_optimIn a first for ICWA, Jessica Reilly and her partner Josh Moman conducted a seafaring Fellowship, exploring adaption to climate change in coastal communities in México, Central America and the Caribbean. Sailing the Pacific coast through the Panama Canal and into the Caribbean on her 39-foot sailboat Oleada, Jessica focused on how communities experience climate change impacts.

  • It’s a Small Sea After All: La Paz to Puerto Escondido

    It’s a Small Sea After All: La Paz to Puerto Escondido

    • Jessica Reilly
    • October 2, 2015
    No paved roads, no power lines, no fresh water. As we set the main sail and aim north, we travel into one of the most remote areas in North America. From above, this coast looks void of human influence. A typical US coastal square kilometer contains 200 people. On average, only two souls inhabit each kilometer ...
  • Hurricane Linda

    Hurricane Linda

    • Jessica Reilly
    • September 11, 2015
    We are still in Puerto Escondido, or more accurately Nopolo. We have been taken in by a couple I met when I drove from La Paz to San Diego to meet Josh and sail the coast. She and her husband retired here and they have been a literal port in the storm for us. Hurricane Linda ...
  • Crime And Climate Change

    Crime And Climate Change

    • Jessica Reilly
    • September 9, 2015
    Until the summer of 2014, La Paz had lived up to its name, which means ‘the peace.’ The coastal city on the Baja peninsula seemed immune from the drug trafficking violence of the mainland, which is estimated to have claimed 120,000 lives since 2006. But on July 31st, that bloodless exemption vanished. On the side ...
  • Update from Puerto Escondido

    Update from Puerto Escondido

    • Jessica Reilly
    • September 4, 2015
    We arrived in Puerto Escondido last night, a large natural harbor. It was my first good night of sleep since leaving La Paz; even the lightning storm that cruised by in the night couldn’t keep me away. (This was our first night with no swell or wind waves to toss us around inside the boat while ...
  • Update from Agua Verde

    Update from Agua Verde

    • Jessica Reilly
    • August 28, 2015
    We are anchored at Agua Verde, just 23 nautical miles south of Puerto Escondido. This place is called Agua Verde for its turquoise waters–but it must have been named in the winter, since the hot summer water seems to have made the bay truly green. We haven’t ventured to the tiny town yet, as we ...