6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

“Between Earth and Sky" – DC Environmental Film Festival Premier

Join us and the DC Environmantal Film Festival for the DC premier of Between Earth and Sky. RSVPs encouraged. Seating first come first serve.

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 Alaska sequesters 40% of the earth’s 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.

You are also invited to view our new photography exhibit, “Climate Change in Our World,” featuring more than 40 stunning photographs by the late Gary Braasch, one the first photojournalists to dedicate his career to documenting our changing landscape and the people in it. The exhibit is on the 4th and 5th floors of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and is made possible by the Karuna Foundation and the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Speakers

Introduction

  • Meaghan Parker

    Senior Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program

Moderator

  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Initiative