Climate Change in Atlantic Canada

Ian Mauro

2013, 45:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 1087.00

Across Atlantic Canada, coastlines and communities are being adversely affected by climate change, and as temperature, sea level and storm surge increase, mitigation and adaptation initiatives are being planned and implemented to navigate the impending storm. Dr. Ian Mauro and his multi-media research team used video to document this remarkable story of climate change in Atlantic Canada and conducted over 100 semi-structured interviews with stakeholders across the region, including: researchers, local and traditional knowledge holders, government officials and industry.

Using cutting edge multi-media research techniques, the objective of this project is to holistically assess and present the challenges and opportunities facing Atlantic Canadians, as their environment, cities and municipalities, and mechanisms for societal governance experience often immense and immediate climatic changes. The results of the project suggest four main thematic case studies – focused on climate, communities, mitigation and adaptation – and have produced this documentary and multi-media website to showcase the results. Given the high-impact nature of digital media, this project seeks to increase awareness and educational opportunities for Canadians, about the real world experiences of coastal communities, and how they are on the front lines of climate change and responding to it.

From November 2013 to April 2014, science broadcaster and environmental activist David Suzuki and filmmaker Ian Mauro toured Climate Change in Atlantic Canada across the country as fundraisers for local environmental groups.

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