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The video examines the effect of climate change and seismic blasting on the Baffin Island community of Clyde River in the Canadian Arctic. The effect of the two is to threaten the people's traditional way of life and the continued existence of the community.
In viewing and discussing the video, teachers may help students develop those skills associated with media studies. Does the video present a balanced view of the issue? Are all voices being heard? What techniques are used to gain the viewer's support for the perspective of those who created the video?
The video contributes to our understanding of the effects of climate change, particularly as it effects the northern landscape and the people who live there. It also introduces us to a lesser known issue - the threat to those same people caused by seismic testing. The strength of the video is that in focusing on the impact of these developments on a specific community and its people, the viewer is more likely to become engaged.
The video is a useful resource in realizing the outcomes attached to a number of curriculum units.
The video may serve to introduce selective issues as suggested above but requires further inquiry to deepen student understanding of cause, effect and response as they relate to the culpability and responsibility of those involved.
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