CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries but what was once the last frontier of American expansion has become the first frontier in climate change. The film, “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier,” discusses the effects of global warming on Alaska. The film selected to play at the 2017 Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C is touring across the U.S. for the first time.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host two special screenings of the film on Monday, April 3. The first screening will be held at 3 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom and is open to Island University faculty, staff and students. A second screening will be held at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse, located at 7601 S. Staples St. and is free to the general public. Tickets are free but required for both screenings. There will be a Q&A session after both screenings with Island University researchers and Dr. David C. Weindorf, Executive Producer of the film and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.
“The film highlights the beauty and the changes in the arctic, one of our world’s regions most impacted by climate change,” said Dr. Philippe Tissot, Associate Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “While the movie is both beautiful and engaging, the post screening discussion with the lead scientist will be a treat for all attendees.”
Alaska has experienced the largest amount of regional warming of any state in the U.S., with its temperature increasing 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1949. “Between Earth and Sky,” weaves a narrative of interviews from some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils with visual testimony of the day-to-day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming.
“We have the technology today to know exactly what we are doing to the planet,” said Weindorf. “People everywhere are going to be mesmerized by the undeniable research presented in this film and the perspective of those living on the last frontier.”
The film began as a way to document the 33 years of soil science work that recently retired University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Professor Dr. Chien-Lu Ping, conducted in Alaska. Over time, other scientists from UAF provided their perspective and “Between Earth and Sky” evolved into a feature-length film that has been recognized nationally and internationally.
“Between Earth and Sky,” was produced by Texas Tech Public Media, and was funded by the Soil Science Society of America and the USDA – National Resources Conservation Service. Screening sponsors include, The Conrad Blucher Institute, Harte Research Institute, the Center for Coastal Studies and the Center for Water Supply Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.