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

Save the date for the DC premier of Between Earth and Sky. After the film, stay for a conversation with scientists featured in the film on the climate changes taking place in Alaska and how they impact Alaskan communities and the world.

Date & Time

Mar. 15, 2017
12:00pm – 2:00pm


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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“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.

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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.

Hosted By

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Global Risk and Resilience Program

The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world.  Read more

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