Dr. Olaf Kuhlke from the University of Minnesota Duluth Cultural Entrepreneurship Program presented on the ‘Our People – Our Climate: Visualizing Climate Change in Nunavut through Indigenous Youth Photography and Videography’ during this year’s 2021 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings.
This presentation chronicles the design and creation of a curriculum for a synchronous 8-week online course on the visualization of climate change in Arctic locations, namely Canada (Nunavut). The program was designed by ilinniapaa Skills Development Center, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of St. Thomas, as well as local partner organizations including the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative/Dorset Fine Arts.
The program engaged high-school students and young adults in learning about two interrelated components:
- climate change evidence and visualization, utilizing and contributing to the Climate Visuals framework (https://climatevisuals.org/), and
- professional photography/videography.
Students learned about existing evidence for climate change in different biomes across the globe, utilized the key principles of visualizing climate change, and practiced how to use photography and documentary filmmaking to collect evidence of climate change in their communities, ultimately creating professional photography and a documentary film that was shown as part of the cultural program at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow in November 2021.