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Human Dimensions of Climate Change 2021: Home
Human Dimensions of Climate Change Film Series Resources
UMaine's Fogler Library purchases a broad range of materials to support research and teaching needs on campus. On this page, you will find a selection of works in Fogler Library, and beyond, that emphasize the potential impacts of climate change on populations throughout the world. This interdisciplinary subject is growing in visibility, and is the subject of course work throughout the university.
This list of resources corresponds with a film series on the same topic. See the flyer below. This year's series is jointly sponsored by Fogler Library, the Climate Change Institute, the Communication and Journalism Department, the Department of Anthropology, and the School of Marine Sciences. For more information, contact Jen Bonnet.
"At the core of The Anthropologist are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters' perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides."
"[E]xplore[s] the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences ... The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich."
"... journey along the spine of the Andes mountain range, from Colombia to Argentina, getting to know the individuals and lives of those who are affected by the dwindling tropical glacier reserve, the canaries in the mine regarding climate change... we are accompanied by scientists who give us a perspective on what is happening in the natural world and what we can expect."
"Two college students adventure along the proposed route of the KXL pipeline to meet those living on the frontlines. On the Gulf Coast, Black and Latino activists stand up for their communities, which are surrounded by refineries and chemical plants. In the Sandhills of Nebraska, a 92-year-old grandmother, a retired rancher, young woman taking over her family farm, and others unite to stop the KXL. On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Lakota activists see the pipeline as part of a legacy of oppression and resistance."
"A documentary on the first victims of global warming. The filmmakers travel to a small village in northwest Alaska, home to an Inupiaq Eskimo community, where homes are literally falling into the sea. The entire village is expected to disappear within 10 years."
“... takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin ... [and] lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities — yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.”
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
"Told from the perspective of three main characters, this film gives a human face to the direct impacts of climate change in the Pacific community of Tak. Two visiting scientists offer advice but in the wake of a flood the islanders must decide whether to stay with their island or move to an unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind." Also available streaming here.
"What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world? This film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond."
"... explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, [this show] combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood's brightest stars and today's most respected journalists."
2021 Film Series Flyer
Access to Human Dimensions of Climate Change 2021 Films
Lobster War: The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds (via URSUS)
The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone--the swath of water surrounding Machias Seal Island at the entrance to the Bay of Fundy--were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed lobsters have migrated north and the Gray Zone's previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty in the area, contesting American claims to the bounty and foreshadowing potential conflicts exacerbated by climate change.
Indigenous Climate Shorts and a Podcast (freely available online)
Most of the world's great cities stand on coastlines and rivers and today they are in grave danger. Billions of people are living in the face of disaster. As the earth warms, sea levels rise, and super-storms become more frequent and more intense, many major coastal cities will soon be under water. Sinking Cities is a fast-paced four-part series that shows how New York, London, Tokyo and Miami face similar and also individual dangers - and how they are preparing for the real-time impact of rising seas - devising colossal new construction projects, and groundbreaking solutions aimed at securing their infrastructure. Challenges include rising seas, stronger storms, heavier rainfall, flooding rivers, even tsunamis. Solutions require heavy engineering and changing minds. We meet the ambitious engineers, innovative researchers, and determined first responders - individuals who are determined to adapt these cities and ensure they survive. Sinking Cities is about the huge threat facing four global cities - and what is being done to save them. This episode focuses on New York's adaptation strategies after Super Storm Sandy.
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