Anangu have lived in the Australian deserts for millennia, but rising temperatures threaten to make the region inhospitable to humans

For Document’s Spring/Summer 2020 issue, photographer Laurence Ellis brought us face-to-face with a present that could become our collective future should we fail to fundamentally change our relationship to the environment. In our second digital installment, we visit the desert plains of Australia, where human-caused climate change has worsened the ongoing cycle of droughts, wildfires, mudslides, and floods. Ellis’s portfolio helps us understand the stakes in a region where climate change’s harrowing effects are already felt.

Click here for our first installment, exploring how Vietnam’s ‘plastic village’ is a tale of Western excess. 

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