Project Abby 2100 is an outgrowth of Professor Tom Mullikin’s Global Climate Change class the Unviersidad San Francisco de Quito, Galapagos Island Campus, in the Spring of 2015.
Starting in the spring of 2015, the project sought to shift the discussion on climate change from its focus on the extent of anthropogenic interference to nuanced multi-disciplinary understanding. Students spent time examining the best peer-reviewed science regarding what the island will look like in 2100. Then, to bolster this scientific analysis, students conducted ethnographic interviews with local elders to determine how the climate had changed throughout their lifetime. Students then framed the predicted effect of climate change on the local environment relative to “Baby Abby,” a theoretical child born in 2015.
By humanizing the impact of an ever-evolving climate through interviews and the projected life of Abby, the project continues to engage individuals and policymakers in search of a lasting solution.