Samuel Belknap, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, was featured in a four-part film series produced by the Island Institute. PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

Four films focus on changing coastal climate



BAR HARBOR — The future of fisheries and the changing ocean in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere are explored in four short films to be screened at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

The free screening of the films produced by The Island Institute will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Island Institute marine scientist Susie Arnold and University of Maine doctoral student Sam Belknap.

The films in the Climate of Change series examine the effects on the fishing industry associated with climate change, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity and ocean acidification. From Maine, to Alaska, to Florida, film director Scott Sell explored how fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. The series ends by examining shellfish aquaculture as an example of economic diversification for fishing communities that can provide excellent opportunities for relationship building and dialog on climate change.

“Anyone concerned about the future of coastal communities, not just here in Maine but all over the country, will find these films interesting,” said COA Professor Todd Little-Siebold. “The ways that different coastal towns are dealing with climate change, ocean acidification, and other challenges is fascinating.”

College of the Atlantic was the first college in the U.S. to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. In 2016, both The Princeton Review and the Sierra Club named College of the Atlantic the No. 1 Green College in the United States. The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty members offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in human ecology – the study of how humans interact with our natural, social and technological environments. Each student develops their own course of study in human ecology, collaborating and innovating across multiple disciplines.

 

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