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

Soil Scientist, NRCS

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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