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Change at the Top of the World

Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Tom Pollock, Roger Jackson, Liz Marks, explore.org

This beautifully filmed and produced video describes the changes that global warming is already bringing to Northern Canada and Greenland. Local people describe changes to ecosystems, impacts on culture and life styles, and the challenges of melting permafrost. Ship captains describe changes in navigational channels and fjords. Scientists describe changes in albedo and permafrost, as well as increased pollution transported from outside the Arctic (the Grasshopper effect).

Video length is 24:06 min.

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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
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Teaching Tips

  • While this is a long video (>24 minutes), educators will find it useful in conveying the human dimensions of climate change.
  • Teachers could break the video into chunks and conduct class discussions.

About the Science

  • Both anecdotal and expert evidence is given.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The video beautifully reveals some startling facts of rapidly changing climatic conditions of the Arctic and its direct effect on the local human population, the Inuits of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. The presence of inhabitants and the large watermass (Arctic Ocean) at the north polar region and makes the place even more sensitive to climate change as compared to its southern counterpart the Antarctica.

About the Pedagogy

  • This video is unique in that it uses an interdisciplinary approach to describe how climate change is impacting oceans, land, ecosystems, and cultures. Scientists and native people's perspectives are presented in a seamless manner.
  • There are discussion questions, and background material are at http://files.explore.org/files/explore-LP_Arctic-Science_.pdf. There are also some background links on the webpage with the video.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • This is both a beautiful and disturbing video. It uses maps effectively to show where the host and speakers are.
  • Requires a login to download video.
  • The audio was somewhat quiet in places.

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