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Life on a Shrinking Island

Secondary, Middle

Description

“Climate change is here and, if anyone doesn’t believe it, just get up and look out the window”* As is the case in Canada’s north, Prince Edward Island is providing striking evidence that the effects of climate change are destructive, costly and currently in play in different parts of the country. In fact there is ample evidence to suggest that PEI is disappearing into the ocean.

If anyone is still looking for proof or for examples of the serious threat posed by our changing climate, this film provides powerful images and first-hand accounts of how residents of Canada’s smallest province are now forced to deal with the impacts of sea level rise and increasingly frequent and more powerful storm surges. In addition to human safety concerns, Islanders are coping with frequent flooding, damage to infrastructure, loss of wildlife habitat and the harm to ground water and wastewater systems from saltwater intrusion.

*Garry Gallant. Emergency Coordinator, North Rustico. PEI

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This short film will provide students with evidence of climate change occurring in Canada.  It is current, relevant and should be included in any discussion of climate change impacts. It will also encourage and support discussions of mitigation and adaptation as well as the socio- economic impacts of our changing climate.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change