National Geographic documentary ‘The Last Ice’ warns of catastrophic consequences of melting sea ice


National Geographic’s latest documentary, The last ice, Tells the harsh story of how Inuit communities in Canada and Greenland are being affected by melting sea ice in the Arctic.

Pikialasorsuaq is surrounded by the “Last Snow Zone”, which is expected to remain when all other areas with significant heat are gone. Protecting the region is essential for surrounding communities and wildlife dependent on sea ice.

Dr. “The Arctic is twice as hot as the rest of the world,” said Eric Sala, executive producer and explorer in-residence for National Geographic. 7. The human face of global warming in a panel discussion following the film’s premiere on 7 October, and all these activities that produce all this carbon pollution are not in the Arctic region, they are mostly in a world where we are in the south Are in or away from, but they are suffering the consequences. ”

“This is … how everything is connected, how everyone is connected and another example of how if you tamper with nature, or the climate, on one part of the world, the results are going to be global.”

These areas are also threatened by industrial opportunities from oil and gas deposits, rapid shipping routes through these melting areas of snow, and a desire for tourism.

It was a four-year process to make it The last iceIn early 2015, director Scott Ressler revealed that it was initially set on a more scientific “traditional wildlife and sea-ice” documentary, but the team quickly realized the story was too big, with many mutually human Stories were told.

COP22 Climate Change Conference n Marrakech, Morocco, speaks during a panel featuring Canadian Indigenous leaders on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Maatalii Okalik, President of the National Inuit Youth Council (AP Photo / Mosa’ab Elshamy)

‘More common than what you read in the newspaper’

One of the people portrayed in the film is Matalli Okalik, who is originally from Pannicktuk, Nunavut, and a known Inuit young lawyer. Through his story, among others, the documentary showcases a variety of threats to how people survive in these areas, including animal life, maintaining and advancing cultural traditions, and even Greenland And the relatively unknown interrelationship of people in Canada is also included.

“The people who came before us before the conflict worked to make sure that we had the rights … the same struggles we experience today,” said Okalik. “The same systemic racism that he has experienced in his daily life, we still experience today.”

“Families that have been living in those areas for many generations and learning traditional practices from those with knowledge must not only adapt to a changing climate, but inevitably, to migrate to a whole other region, Which affects that knowledge transfer and ability. Live safely in their homeland. ”

Opalik revealed that in Nunavut alone, seven out of 10 Inuit are food insecure due to the high cost of living, as food has to be sent to the area by plane.

“It is very important that we have access to hunt food, because it will be our main food source in many instances, and when we cannot do that, it increases our ability to survive,” he said. said.

In the panel discussion, Oklik tells a story about a woman she talked to her husband, a hunter who fed not only his family but many people in the community when he fell through the snow and died. If done, his funeral was not a chance to bury him.

“I think this is more common than what I read in the newspaper,” he said. “There are very real human impacts on the Inuit because we see a changing climate and it worries us a lot.”

Alektsiak Pirie, overlooking sea ice near Kanak, Greenland.  (National Geographic)
Alektsiak Pirie, overlooking sea ice near Kanak, Greenland. (National Geographic)

‘This is the loudest wake up’

World-wide as COVID-19, coinciding with the release of this documentary, Drs. Sala said that the epidemic shows that “we have taken too much that the planet is providing for us.”

He said, “We are acting like five planets.” “We’ve realized that, wow, we haven’t built flexibility.”

“This is the loudest wake-up call, we can’t continue to exploit the planet’s resources, like we have so far, we don’t need oil from the Arctic, we have to phase fossil fuels and make them renewable energy.” We have to change with who we are to prevent catastrophic climate change and the collapse of our life support system. ”

Director Ressler believes that it is absolutely “important” for people to understand that there are still thriving communities in the Arctic.

“I think there is a misconception about the Arctic or in a way that has been depicted in the past as a magical, other type of place.” “Many people may not even be aware that there are thriving communities who are facing these immediate challenges.”

“With the film, it’s one of the biggest, not only the challenges, but the opportunities that we saw … to be able to solve that notion and to say, you know, there are people living here, They live in connection and balance with nature in such a way that the rest of the world is truly lost. ”

The Last Ice National Geographic will air on October 12 on WILD.