A Subsistence Culture Impacted by Climate Change
Arctic Athabaskan Council, Teachers' Domain
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- Background essay on the Athabascan people and discussion questions are provided on the PBS LearningMedia 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.
Comments from expert scientist:
I think the background essay is great and has significant science. The video is interesting, but doesn't match the essay.
- the background essay clearly states the reason why salmon are migrating and the effects on the native people and other native animals in the Alaska/Yukon area
- the video does not mirror what is told in the background essay
- the video talks about other animals moving north and invasive species but only briefly about the salmon, without much of the science presented in the background essay
- This national standard is not addressed, although it says it is: 4B/M11a ( Grades: 6-8 ): The wasteful or unnecessary use of natural resources can limit their availability for other purposes. Restoring depleted soil, forests, or fishing grounds can be difficult and costly.
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.