Video length: 5:48 min.
Selected for the CLEAN Collection.
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.
Following suggestions are by CLEAN reviewers:
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.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
Watch >> Inuit Observations of Climate Change
Printable >> Discussion Questions and Essay
TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
CLEAN reviewers comments about this resource:
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. Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
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.
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 Complements other CLEAN selected resources about the Arctic.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator and how this video is applied.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
WGBH/Boston Citation "Inuit Observations of Climate Change." Teachers' Domain. 17 Jan. 2008. Web. 27 Dec. 2011. .
This media asset was adapted from the International Institute for Sustainable Development