This video features interviews with native people living on atoll islands in Micronesia, so viewers are able to understand the real, current threats that these people are facing due to climate change.
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While no hard data is presented in this video, by documenting residents' testimonies of changes in sea level, water quality, and food production over their lifetimes, video provides students with an important perspective of some of the ramifications of sea level rise due to climate change.
No pedagogic scaffolding is provided.
The Federated States of Micronesia has 30,000 citizens living on atolls vanishing due to rising sea levels associated with climate change. The people living on these islands already have drinking water shortages and their food security is in peril due to rising sea level.
Film was produced by LYON, a 52-year old family planning and island engineering firm based in Honolulu, focused on improving island life.
Comments from expert scientist: The evidence presented for sea-level rise on the Micronesian islands is all anecdotal, referring to one or a few places over a relatively short period of time. The concept of climate refugees is a good one to highlight. It would be more effective to present comprehensive data as to how many people will be affected by climate change.
Video could provide a great introduction to a unit discussing the impacts of climate change and, potentially, some of the environmental justice issues associated with climate change.