Film Screening: Between Earth & Sky
Time: 7:00pm - 9:15pm CDT (6:00pm - 8:15pm CST)
Location: F.W. Olin Building, Room 105
Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier
Director: Paul Allen Hunton
Executive Producer: Dr. David C. Weindorf
Film Screening followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Director and Executive Producer who will address your questions on film-making and promotion, the movie’s original score, and climate change and its impacts in Alaska. Dr. Emily Northrop will also briefly summarize a bi-partisan policy to mitigate global warming.
Synopsis: Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a 200 million dollar price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history.
Permafrost(permanently frozen ground) in northern upland landscapes sequesters 40% of the earth’s carbon, Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S. increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost impacting the daily life of Alaskans.
Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but is already engulfing the globe.
Free and open to the public.