This documentary tells the story of the Polynesian community of Takuu, a low-lying atoll in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that is experiencing the devastating effects of climate change, including coastal erosion and the incursion of salt water into the gardens. Through interviews with the people of Takuu, the film provides a glimpse of the wide range of social, cultural, political and economic issues confronting the community. (On the Level Productions, Director Briar March, 2010, 56 min.) www.thereoncewasanisland.com.
Monday, October 8, at the Mesa Lab
Mezzanine: Lunch catered by Tocabe: An American Eatery
Main Seminar Room: There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho
Main Seminar Room: Panel Discussion - Scientific Institutions and Indigenous Peoples: Partnerships for Communicating the Science and Impacts of Climate Change
The story the film tells is an excellent case study of how the communication of climate science and effects evolves. The panel discussion will identify and examine principles, lessons-learned, and best practices the film teaches. The panelists will suggest ways scientific institutions and indigenous peoples can collaborate to encourage better communication and decision-making around the topics of climate science and climate impacts.
Heather Lazrus, NCAR Postgraduate Scientist
Morris Te Whiti Love, Raukura Consultants
Micah McCarty, Chairman, Makah Nation (invited)
Dan Wildcat, Haskell Nations University
Mervyn L. Tano, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
James Hurrell, Director, NCAR/NESL