Climate Displacement & Sustainable Solutions Playlist
Catalogue Number: SHORE01
Producer: Elizabeth Miller
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Half of the world’s population lives by the coast and increasing precarious location. Rising seas and violent storms impact all of us, but not in the same way. From remote islands to dense urban cities, meet 43 people from 9 countries, on the frontlines, taking action, discovering solutions for a sustainable future.
Playlist includes the following 43 segments. Each segment is 2:00 - 6:00 each in length.
Youth Leaders of the Salish Nation 2:21 - What is environmental leadership? Singer and activist Takaya Blaney is training inner city youth to be leaders in environmental justice.
Walking Past Shorelines 3:17 - What do we know about the history of our shorelines? Civic historian John Atkin offers a tour of Vancouver’s past and present shores.
Effective Allies 2:13 - Who will step up to protect the waters around Vancouver’s coast? Organizer Mandy Nahanee develops alliances between environmentalists and Indigenous communities to protect Vancouver waters from oil spills and tanker traffic.
To the Main Land: Carti Sugdup’s Solution 4:22 - Can a community relocate without losing its identity and traditions? Indigenous organizer Blas Lopez works with local architects to redesign his island community on higher grounds.
The High Cost of Ship Breaking 6:24 - What are we dumping into our oceans and who is most impacted? What are the costs of global trade? An environmental lawyer challenges the global ship breaking industry that has used Bangladesh waters as a dumping ground.
The High Cost of Expansion 3:17 - What are the environmental impacts of infrastructure and housing projects in wetland areas?Tania Arosemena, an environmental lawyer, is working to ensure that development projects in Panama are complying with environmental regulations.
The Future of Coral Reefs 2:49 - All around the world, coral reefs are threatened by the impact of climate change. Can high school education suffice for people to understand what is at stake?
The Ciliwung River 3:53 - What does it take to save a polluted river? Local organizer, Bang Kodir proposes to turn Jakarta’s most important river into an eco-park.
Surrey: Planning for the Future 3:32 - How can city planners advise citizens about unseen threats? Engineer Carrie Baron and City Planner Carla Stewart work with communities to plan for rising waters.
Science Fiction Futures 2:50 - How can science fiction help us imagine a resilient future? Science fiction writer Donna McMahon depicts a future where intrepid characters must negotiate a flooded Vancouver.
Salt Resistant Seeds 3:27 - How will communities manage when their crops and water supplies that are flooded with salt water? The Sagar Island Women’s Collective in the heart of the Sundarbans, are cultivating salt resistant seeds and organic farming methods to cope with rising waters.
Salt Marshes of New Jersey 2:57 - How do marshes protect us from storms?
Rethinking Beach Replenishment 3:15 - Are coastal engineering projects the solution to rising seas? Surfer and activist John Weber helps communities to understand the limits of beach replenishment along the Jersey Shore.
Resisting Arctic Oil 4:48 - Is there any place off limits in the quest for petroleum?, a youth activist warns that petroleum extraction off the coast of Norway may destroy the largest arctic coral reef in the world.
Resilient Cities 2:38 - What does a resilient city look like? Policy analyst Deborah Harford tackles the challenge of making Vancouver, a waterfront city with expensive infrastructure, more resilient.
Reclam the Bay 3:48 - How do clams help save a bay? Rick Bushnell of Long Beach Island raises awareness about the role of clams in protecting the shoreline.
Protectors of the Mangroves 3:33 - Reyna Rodriguez of Guardians of the Mangroves explains to students what happens if mangroves are removed from natural barriers. Mangroves provide protect from flooding and provide vital oxygen
People Powered Policies 3:39 - How can we balance the urgency to act with the need to empower different groups in decision-making? Andrea Reimer is a Vancouver city councillor who believes that citizen involvement is key to preparing for sea level rise.
Mapping Heritage 4:40 - How can mapping the past help protect the future? Biologist Will Nelson uses visual mapping to help the Metlakatla Nation identify archeological sites before they disappear into the sea.
Love the Everglades 2:37 - How will restoring the Everglades, one of the largest swamps in the world, help protect Miami from sea level rise? Houston, an artist and member of the Miccosukee Tribe uses art to draw attention to the importance of Everglades restoration.
Living on a Sandbar 4:01 - What can we learn from a past disaster? In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, former mayor Deb Whitcraft argues that local leaders underestimate the vulnerability of barrier islands.
Lessons on the Coast 4:04 - What do we know about the ecosystems around us? Elke Van Breeman helps elementary students consider the impacts of sea level rise on their local shoreline.
Kidneys of the Harbour 3:37 - Why do we destroy the very ecosystems that protect us? Conservationists Basil and Anne Graeme pressure neighbors and local government to stop cutting down mangroves in the harbour.
Glacier Nation 5:02 - What will it take to protect Chile’s glaciers from mining companies? Activist Mattias Asun has created a fictitious nation in his campaign to protect glaciers from destructive mining practices.
Getting to Zero Trash on Carti Sugdup 3:25 - Why has the ocean become a massive garbage dump? Katie, a youth organizer from Carti Sugdup joins efforts to educate her community and address the trash that is lapping onto the island's shores.
Game Changer 3:43 - How can a video game help us prepare for sea level rise? Together with urban planners and youth, Dave Flanders created a video game that simulates future scenarios for one of the lowest lying regions in British Columbia.
Fueling the Sunshine State 2:46 - Why doesn’t the “sunshine state” harness more of its solar energy? Alissa Schafer, a solar energy advocate, pressures energy monopolies in Florida to rethink their dirty energy policies.
Forecasting Change 6:44 - What new skills do we need for a turbulent future? In the aftermath of two devastating storms Maharashi learns to forecast weather to help her fishing community in Southern India.
Ecologies of Change 3:00 - How do mangroves protect our shores? Educators Krishna Ashor and Savita Vijayakymar explain how mangroves roots hold the shore together.
Drowning Cultures 3:06 - What do we lose when a place and its culture disappear? Archeologist Rich Hutchings warns of the cultural and psychological losses that accompany sea level rise.
Dreaming of Trees 5:01 - How do we maintain hope in the aftermath of a natural disaster? After a devastating cyclone, Sefali, a youth organizer in the Sunderbans, initiates a massive tree planting campaign to protect her community from the next big storm.
Displaced Lives 4:48 - What and who get left behind in the aftermath of a storm? Prabal, a community researcher is working against the flow of climate migrants to slum areas in big cities.
Developing a Barrier Island 4:08 - Who benefits in the aftermath of a storm? Destructive coastal storms are often followed by efforts to rebuild and new waves of development. Three writers speak of the interconnected history of development and storms on a barrier island in New Jersey.
Confronting Disaster 4:26 - How would you respond if you lost your home to a storm? After Hurricane Sandy, local builder Joe Mangino co-founded a grassroots initiative to bypass government bureaucracy and get to work rebuilding his community.
Citizen Regulators at Turkey Point 3:27 - What toxins are seeping into our waters and oceans? Laura, a biologist, launches a citizen lawsuit to alert people of nuclear waste spilling into vital water bodies in Florida.
Beyond the Built 4:22 - What are the consequences of excessive building along the Florida coast? A landscape artist collaborates with engineers to design development projects that regenerate rather than destroy coastal ecologies.
An Acidifying Ocean 3:00 - Can we help marine life adapt to ocean acidification? Robert Saunders, a marine biologist, uses genomic technology in an effort to save the shellfish industry on Canada’s west coast from an increasingly acidic ocean.
Age of Stupid - Why do we live in precarious places? A New Zealand sand artist warns that rising oceans and climate disasters exacerbate existing problems.
A Totem Pole Journey 3:18 - How far do you go to protect what you love? Amy George, a Tesleil -Waututh elder, challenges her community to defend the coast from petroleum pipelines and joins forces with artists and allies.
A Sinking Island 3:30 - What happens when you can’t go home? Ioane Teitiota of Kiribati was among the first to apply for climate refugee status in New Zealand.
A Fragmented Shoreline 2:02 - How can we rethink the fragmented management of our urban shorelines? Deborah Carlson, an environmental lawyer, describes the urgent need for coordinated governance of the Vancouver shoreline.
A Floating Future 6:23 - What can we learn from communities that are already inundated? Mohammed Rezwan is a sustainability architect whose floating schools and gardens offer a practical solution to seasonal flooding in Bangladesh – and potential solutions to other regions faced with rising water levels.
A Climate Reporter 3:51 - Hasan Kutubi, a local reporter from Kutubdia, a remote island of Bangladesh, explains the urgency of building an adequate embankment to manage worsening floods. What will it take to protect a small island community?
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