On the front line of climate change, fisherfolk stare into the abyss

Extreme weather events are changing the way these communities live and work. But their lived experiences are being left out of climate talks.

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.

On a sultry July morning, Rajamma woke up early for another day of hawking fish in Guppadipeta, a coastal village in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district. Her three children were still in various stages of drowsiness in the family’s cramped house. She put on a pink sari, slipped into a pair of turquoise flip-flops, grabbed swathes of old, tattered saris and two plastic baskets, and dashed off to the Guppadipeta beach, half a kilometre away. 

The India Meteorological Department that week had predicted squalls, with winds gusting up to 60 kmph—not safe for …


Mahima Jain

Mahima Jain is an award-winning independent journalist reporting on environment, gender, health, and socio-economic issues. Her features, longform stories and podcasts for Indian and global publications cover systemic issues from across India and Europe. She has bylines in the BBC, The Guardian, The Caravan Magazine, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel and others. Her work is supported by grants and fellowships from the International Women's Media Foundation, Earth Journalism Network, Medicine Sans Frontiers and others.