"Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier" film screening

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Engineering Room A101 - View the map here

Q & A immediately following the film with the Producer David C. Weindorf

Produced by Dr David C. Weindorf, associate dean for research and the BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Dpartment of Plant and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.

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 the Arctic and Subarctic sequesters 40% of the Earth’s soil 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.

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 will soon engulf the globe.


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