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.
By the end of the century we’re looking at fully 20 percent of the carbon on the planet going from the terrestrial system into the atmosphere.Mark Clark
|February 25||Golden, Colorado||Colorado Environmental Film Festival|
|March 15||Washington D.C.||Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital|
|March 31||Georgetown, Texas||Southwestern University|
|April 3||Corpus Christi, Texas||Texas A&M Corpus Christi|
|April 5||Dickinson, North Dakota||Dickinson State University|
|April 12||Blacksburg, Virginia||Virginia Tech|
|April 13||Grinnell, Iowa||Grinnell College|
|April 21||Logan, Utah||Utah State University|
|April 24-28||Vienna, Austria||European Geophyscial Union GeoCinema|
|April 27||Cambridge, UK||Cambridge University|
|May 1||Stillwater, Oklahoma||Oklahoma State University|
|May 4||Corvallis, Oregon||Oregon State University|
|May 31||Ancona, Italy||Polytechnic Delle Marche University|
|June 16-18||Custer, Wisconsin||Energy Fair|
|September 9-10||St. Paul, Minnesota||Energy Fair|
|September 20||Ft. Collins, Colorado||Colorado State University|
|September 21||Laramie, Wyoming||University of Wyoming|
|October 24||Tampa, Florida||Soil Science Society of America National Meetings|
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