Polar issues are global
Last year, former United Nations Secretary General Ban-ki Moon expressed, "The Arctic supports key pillars of the climate system regionally and globally. The fate of the Arctic is tied to the fate of Miami, Mumbai, Shanghai and coastal cities across the world -- and so much else of course." What people living outside of the Arctic do affects the region, too, from driving up demand for oil and gas to throwing out plastic that eventually winds up in icebergs. All the while, researchers from around the world are studying the processes that connect the poles to the rest of the world, while migratory animals like the bowhead whale make the polar region a connected space that transcends national boundaries. The films selected for inclusion in this theme shed light on how planet Earth is, at the end of the day, a polar world.
Each short film selected for the #PolarWorld theme is listed below.
Featured longer film:
Filmmaker Ethan Steinman takes us to a place you might not think of as polar, but which is a crucial part of the cryosphere, the Earth's ice covered ecosystem: the Andes mountains in South America. The glaciers in these peaks do everything from providing fresh drinking water to numerous indigenous communities to helping to regulate the global climate system. From Colombia to Argentina, journey through the world of tropical glaciers to see how their disappearance is affecting the entire planet at scales big and small.