The Big Melt

This is a collection of five short videos - The Arctic Ice Cap, Sampling the Ice, Arctic Fisheries, Natives Feel Effect and Arctic Energy -- that can be played separately or in sequence. They show how climate change is affecting fishing, native populations and access for the oil and gas industry in the Arctic. The videos include personal reflections by writers Andrew C. Revkin and Simon Romero, scientists, and residents about their experience of the impacts of the climate change in the Arctic.

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Andrew C Revkin
Simon Romero
The New York Times
Videos range from 1:52 min to 7:19 min.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educators can use these videos to discuss how climate change is currently affecting the Arctic and the possible future impacts on the social and economic life of its residents.

There are three background articles - "No Escape: Thaw Gains Momentum", "Old Ways of Life Are Fading as the Arctic Thaws" and "As Polar Ice Turns to Water, Dreams of Treasure Abound"- at

These articles along with the accompanying five videos provide a good opportunity for group work. Groups could be assigned an article and video to analyze and report out to the class.