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This video features changes in the land, sea, and animals that are being observed by the residents of Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories, Canada — many of whom hunt, trap, and fish—because of their long-standing and intimate connection with their ecosystem. Scientists interview the residents and record their observations in order to deepen our understanding of climate change in the polar region. Background essay and discussion questions are included.

Video length: 5:48 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Climate change has consequences
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Teaching Tips

  • May be used to spark discussion of how we know climate is changing and how it is already affecting humans.
  • Showing this video could serve as an introduction into current warming trends, impacts on a vulnerable community, and discussing environmental justice issues.
    • Can easily be part of a unit on climate, ecology
    • Could be used as an homework assignment and have students put observations on a worksheet or do in class.

About the Science

  • Video includes interviews from the Arctic Inuit community of Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories, Canada about observed changes in Arctic climate.
  • Focus on collaboration between community and scientists studying climate change.
  • Strengths: first-person accounts of observed changes and dramatic visuals of changes.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video does a good job of highlighting the role of local native knowledge and how this can form an important "dataset" in understanding changes in the Arctic.

About the Pedagogy

  • Teachers need to place this video in a context, possibly showing geographical map of Sachs Harbour and polar amplification of surface air temperature warming.
  • Complements other CLEAN selected resources about the Arctic.
  • Accompanying background essay and discussion questions are found at this teacher's domain site.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video is well produced and is formatted for web use.
  • Background essay and discussion questions provided for teachers.
  • Original video from the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Hunters and Trappers Committee of Sachs Harbor
  • Grainy if viewed in on-line full screen mode.

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