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A Subsistence Culture Impacted by Climate Change
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ean08.sci.life.eco.athabaskan/

Arctic Athabaskan Council, Teachers' Domain

A short video on how changing climate is impacting the ecosystem and thereby impacting traditional lifestyles of the Athabaskan people of Alaska.

Video length 2:59 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Reducing human vulnerability to the impacts of climate change depends not only upon our ability to understand climate science, but also upon our ability to integrate that knowledge into human society. Decisions that involve Earth’s climate must be made with an understanding of the complex inter-connections among the physical and biological components of the Earth system as well as the consequences of such decisions on social, economic, and cultural systems.
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Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight. Organisms exposed to climate conditions outside their normal range must adapt or migrate, or they will perish.
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases—such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases—will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.
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Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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The world contains a wide diversity of physical conditions, which creates a wide variety of environments: freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland, mountain, and others. In any particular environment, the growth and survival of organisms depend on the physical conditions
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The growing worldwide interdependence of social, economic, and ecological systems means that changes in one place in the world may have effects in any other place.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Background essay on the Athabascan people and discussion questions are provided on the Teachers' Domain site.

About the Science

  • Observations from scientific studies and native people of the Arctic on how changing climate is affecting their lives and the ecosystem they depend on for sustenance.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Short introduction of how changing climate is impacting the subsistence culture of the Athabaskan people living in the Arctic.
  • Concrete example of the effects of climate change rather than in the abstract.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy to download or watch online.

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